TechUkraine: Why did you choose the cybersecurity sphere? What kind of projects have been developed?
Yegor Aushev: As a person with a Ph.D in High Energy Physics from Germany, the choice of cybersecurity may seem peculiar to outside observers who do not know me and our organization. The explanation to this is simple – life often takes a turn where we least expect it, especially when we are motivated to make a difference and take a new, brave path.
When completing my Ph.D, I worked in Fermilab in the USA and the Collider in Switzerland (participating in TOTEM project, which opened odderon), two of the world’s most scientifically advanced, but also most secure organizations, I came to appreciate the high levels of security maturity within those organizations and how it benefits the stable operations of an organization. It became clear to me that security is not just a cost, it is the engine of innovation because it provides stability, direction, and protects all that you have worked for.
In reality, everyone reading this aspires to make a difference in their own way inside an organization. However, everyone, to achieve the organizational objectives, can become a risk to company’s security.
People are the main targets of attacks today. In short, everyone is responsible for maintaining stability and innovation.
This challenge attracted me to cyber security, in which I could also help to accelerate innovation in the Ukrainian tech scene.
TechUkraine: Where is CyberUnit.Tech based?
Yegor Aushev: Our two main offices from day one are Ukraine and South Korea. We now have new small bases in Spain and Australia, but the majority of our employees are remote around the world. We often have projects where people from every office participate.
As an example of a recent project, we can have a client from Europe, with management in Ukraine, technical experts in Australia, and operational support in South Korea. We often work across time zones – someone is in USA, someone is in Europe, and someone is in Asia.
This creates challenges of course, but the diversity of talent, opinions, and various backgrounds elevates the quality of results that one is able to deliver.
That said, we are fully committed to Ukraine and accelerating innovation in the country. As a fully independent firm, our roots will continue to be in Ukraine, this is our core and our heritage. We are proud to showcase to the world Ukrainian tech excellence, CyberUnit.Tech does not see a reason to rebrand itself as an “American” or a “European” company, with its “technical office” being in Ukraine. Times have changed, it is no longer necessary for Ukrainian tech companies to hide one’s identity, real origins, and the core of their Ukrainian operations behind an American or West European façade.
In fact, by showcasing Ukrainian tech excellence in management, methodologies, and reliable results delivery, our mission as a company is to elevate the perception of Ukraine as a country of innovation, where companies are able to solve hard strategic problems for their partners through products and services.
We are past the times where Ukraine is perceived as a technical outsourcing factory or a country where you simply go to find “technical staff”.