UK IT body encourages firms to give contracts to Ukraine

The UK’s Chartered Institute for IT is encouraging companies around the world to give Ukraine’s tech consultancies “serious consideration when tendering for contracts”.

Tech businesses in Ukraine are said to be “back to 90 per cent efficiency” in terms of meeting commitments to clients, and are ready for new contracts and investment from the UK, according to IT associations in the two countries.

The IT Ukraine Association and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, have called on firms internationally to consider Ukraine firms for new IT business, amidst Russia’s invasion of the country and an escalating war.

IT Ukraine and BCS say Ukraine computing specialists are “open for business”, and are “ready to fill the gap” seeing as growing numbers of Western companies no longer work with Russian consultancies.

IT Ukraine, a trade association with 75,000 members, claimed the Russian cyber threat to the country was “another myth”, that it had “disproved again and again”.

The Ukrainian government itself has claimed Russian actors in the recent past have caused outages to the country’s power grid. And only this month, a Ukraine government spokesman confirmed alleged Russian operatives had breached a private energy company to cause a major power outage that would have affected two million customers. That outage was averted though with the help of IT security staff from Eset and Microsoft.

BCS has offered any Ukrainian IT specialist membership without any cost, including the use of office space at its London office, networking and advice from its current members.

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