A SENIOR Ukrainian politician has written to the founder of a North Berwick cyber security company outlining how vital its services have proven during the war with Russia.

Trustify has successfully encrypted all web domains linked to the Ukrainian government and 60 of its agencies, minimising opportunities for hacks and data breaches.

That protection has proven to be of critical importance, as the number of attacks on Ukraine’s web assets has rocketed by more than 300 per cent since the start of the war.

Alistair Murray, who founded Trustify, which is registered to the town’s Forth Street Lane, received the official letter from Oleksii Vyskub, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, outlining the role it had played.

It stated: “Your generous support in providing SSL certificates for Ukrainian state domains is highly valued by us, especially taking into account the ongoing full-scale war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

“I truly believe that your support to Ukraine in protection of our governmental websites and online citizen services from attacks is an important contribution to our future victory over Russia, the victory of people of good will over evil.

“We have been dealing with Trustify since 2019 and greatly value your input and support in keeping Ukraine safe from data breach.”

East Lothian Courier: Alistair Murray and his business Trustify have been helping to protect Ukrainian web assets

Over the last seven years, Trustify, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, has developed class-leading cyber security products and services that protect clients from online phishing scams, ransomware and data breaches.

It works with major banks, enterprises and public sector bodies, with clients including Mastercard, Cognizant, Fujitsu and government departments in Scotland, UK and the Middle East.

Alistair said: “When we started working with the government in Kyiv, we did not think war of this nature would be taking place right now.

“When cyber security works, nothing happens and, while we are delighted with the outcome, there is little by way of celebration or noise.

“To get such a vocal recognition from a senior politician of a country at war is a big moment. It’s something that has really energised our teams of coders and technical experts, who are so often the unsung heroes.

“For us to be playing a small part in the efforts to counter such a vicious, sustained attack and support Ukrainians at this time is a real privilege for us.”