From the past to the future

25 years of leadership

"First came the protocol, then the company. The rest is history.”

First came the protocol, then the company. The rest is history.

The founder of SSH, Tatu Ylönen, designed the first version of the SSH protocol after a password-sniffing attack at his university network. Tatu released his implementation as freeware in July 1995, and the tool quickly gained in popularity

Towards the end of 1995, the SSH user base had grown to 20,000 users in fifty countries. By 2000, there were an estimated 2,000,000 users of the protocol. Today, more than 95% of the servers used to power the Internet have SSH installed.

The SSH protocol is truly one of the cornerstones of a safe Internet.


Over the 25 year history of the company, SSH has created many industry firsts:

  • ICON containers

    The gold-standard of commercial SSH client/ server solution – Tectia® Client/Server. Tectia powers and protects many of the leading companies in the world and still forms a major part of SSH’s business.

  • ICON lock and key

    The leading SSH Key Management solution – Universal SSH Key Manager® (UKM for short). UKM is the least intrusive and fastest-to-deploy comprehensive SSH key management solution on the market, used by several of the largest re- tailers and financial institutions in the world.

  • ICON multicloud upload

    The next-generation Privileged Access Management solution – PrivX®. PrivX rearchitects access management for the Cloud and DevOps, enabling enterprises to instantly reap the business bene- fits of faster time-to-market, increased agility, and lower costs.


    The first quantum-ready NCSA certified firewall and VPN appliance – NQX®. The hardware-independent NQX® appliances help keep state secrets and other critical data-in-transit safe using future-proof technology.

Today, we have over 3,000 customers around the world, including 40% of Fortune 500 companies, the world’s largest financial institutions, and major organizations in all verticals. Our solutions guard against the rapidly changing threat landscape that includes both internal and external actors.

We have a global footprint with offices in Europe, North America, and Asia and a global network of certified partners.

We are proud to carry on the SSH.COM legacy and develop new innovative technologies and products that help make the future of Internet and the digital transformation safe for businesses and their customers alike.