Emma Okonji

FPG Technologies and Solutions Limited, one of Nigeria’s foremost information technology (IT) companies that provide mobile, cloud, infrastructure and IT security solutions to various sectors of the Nigerian economy, recently hosted the annual FPG IT Connect conference, where it discussed the importance of business agility in the 21 century technology driven economies.

This year’s event focused on delivering extreme business agility with confidence.
The event, which took place in Lagos, was organised by FPG Technologies and Solutions Limited with its partners Check Point Software Technologies Ltd, a leader in network cyber security globally and Thales e-Security, a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transportation, defence and security markets.

In attendance were IT decision makers across various sectors of the economy.
CEO of FPG Technologies and Solutions Limited, Rex Mafiana, said: “In these turbulent times, organisations need to keep their business innovative, flexible, and fast, which requires the right technology. FPG is built on solid principles and unprecedented customer focus. Our vision is to enable our customers achieve extreme business agility with confidence. We provide organisations with solutions that help them get to market faster, respond to industry changes faster as well as provide them the additional technology that gives confidence to do this by ensuring that while these organisations are innovating they stay secure from internal and external threats or criminal activities.”

According to him, research shows a positive connection between the use of cloud computing, increased business agility and competitive advantage. In addition, the enterprise mobility market is growing exponentially; mobility solutions enhance productivity and organisations want their staff and customers to be truly mobile with work and services regardless of the time or their location. This interplay of cloud and mobility and the dependence on the internet and other e-channels, makes IT security a serious priority. And this is another value that FPG brings to the table.

“As one the foremost indigenous IT Security companies, FPG has the ability to provide end to end IT Security solutions and services for organisations. Today’s information systems are more globally integrated than ever before—and attacks are increasingly sophisticated. Organisations with traditionally stringent data protection requirements find that the old method of keeping systems in silos work against the agility that this interconnectivity provides and as such now demand a broader range of high assurance solutions to safeguard complex business processes and applications,” he said.

Mafiana explained that on the need for proper data security, Cryptography comes to the rescue.
“Cryptography protects data effectively only if keys are secure and well managed. Cryptographic keys are a critical component of an organisation’s ability to protect data from malicious attack while ensuring that the data is ready for use when needed. With unparalleled expertise in cryptographic key management, Thales provides solutions that manages keys efficiently and effectively to improve security, performance, and business continuity,” Mafiana said, adding that “Thales delivers innovative data protection products and services based on the most advanced technology and security best practices while maximising operational efficiency, business continuity, and long-term scalability.”

Check Point Software Technologies provides end-to-end security from the enterprise, to the cloud, to mobile workers’ and personal devices. Lead Security Consulting Engineer for Check Point, Justice Anyia, said increasing enterprise security often means increasing complexity and management challenges in kind.

Check Point delivers a multi-layered line of defence to help organisations maximise security while minimising complexity challenges and closing gaps. With a single, consolidated view of the security infrastructure, security professionals can do more work with less stress and redundancy, simplify endpoint security management with unified policies, centralised reporting and actionable forensics thus reducing operational expenditures which results in greater efficiency and lower costs.

“Check Point solutions seamlessly delivers advanced threat protections to prevent the lateral spread of threats within hardware or Software-Defined Datacentres as well as the visibility and control to effectively manage security in both physical and virtual environments,” Anyia said.