Scottish Enterprise supports software supply chain protection project

A new Edinburgh Napier project aims to bring trust and transparency to the software supply chain, as the Informatic school pursues its desire to translate innovative research into real impact.

TrueDeploy has received funding of £ 73,418 from Scottish Enterprise, as part of its High Growth Spin-Out Program (HGSP), to help develop the project’s innovative technology.

Focusing on the multi-billion pound industry to secure software development supply chains, TrueDeploy follows in the footsteps of Edinburgh cybersecurity spin-outs Napier ZoneFox, Symphonic Software, Cyan Forensics and MemCrypt who already have successfully made the leap from laboratory to market research.

The potential future spin-out TrueDeploy, which aims to address these issues by bringing transparency to the software supply chain, was developed by a technical team led by student researcher Pavlos Papadopoulos.

He works alongside Dr Nick Pitropakis of the School of Computing and Cybersecurity Specialist Professor Bill Buchanan. The technical team will be supported on the project by a core sales team made up of Nanik Ramchandani (Imagine Ventures) and Matthew Burdge (Business Development & Relationship Manager, School of Computing).

With the support of Scottish Enterprise, the team aims to develop their innovative technology over the next nine months.


Pavlos Papadopoulos, whose research focuses on privacy systems around trust and identity, said: “We thank Edinburgh Napier and Scottish Enterprise for their continued support. This funding is the first step in making this innovation a reality.

Nanik Ramchandani added: “We sincerely appreciate the support Scottish Enterprise has provided to the start-up ecosystem in Scotland. This support will help us identify the ideal business opportunity for TrueDeploy’s breakthrough innovation.

The software supply chain is about the development and delivery of software for use in all organizations and systems. This supply chain must be managed by organizations that use software due to regulatory requirements and obligations to ensure their systems are not compromised.

Recent high-profile cyberattacks, including SolarWinds, Kaseya, and NotPetya, have cost businesses and nation states billions of dollars.

Each of these attacks had the same underlying problem, in that they were possible because a malicious actor managed to infiltrate and compromise software developed by a software vendor in the long chain that exists from code. writes until it is distributed to a client.

Victoria Carmichael, Director of Strategic Investments at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Cyber ​​security is a major issue facing society today and this project has the potential to have a huge impact.

“Our high-growth spin-off program helps transform innovative university research into successful business ventures. “

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