UK-based IT Security Solutions Company Debuts in Nigeria


Emma Okonji

Metropolitan Networks, a United Kingdom-based information technology (IT) security company, operating in different parts of the world, has made its debut in Nigeria, with a focus to use its solution to further develop organisations operating in Nigeria.

Working with a local partner in Nigeria, Metropolitan Networks seeks to offer its IT solutions, its disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity planning (BCP) facility in Nigeria to help enterprise companies, schools, and government agencies protect their data and systems from cyber attacks of any kind.

Managing Director, Metropolitan Networks, Mr. Ashok Thomas, who spoke to technology journalists about the intention of the company to extend its global operations to Nigeria, said the company had executed several wireless IT security projects for organisations and schools in different countries of the world and would want to replicate same in Nigeria.

General Manager, Metropolitan Networks Nigeria, Cecilia Asianah, who will drive the activities of the company in Nigeria, assured enterprise organisations of specific wireless IT solutions that will enhance their businesses and protect same from cyberattacks.

Established in 2003 in the UK by former IBM engineer, Ashok Thomas with the aim to deliver essential IT services in an ethical manner, by meeting needs rather than simply offering services, Metropolitan Networks is dedicated to providing the best possible IT support and managed services to clients in London and around the world, with its certified in-house engineers.

Metropolitan Networks provides a free cyber security assessment to make sure that organisation’s data is fully secured. According to Thomas, the assessment covers security, productivity and performance.

“As IT security solution company, we intend looking at the operations of enterprise companies in Nigeria and help provide solutions that will make their business more efficient and more dynamic. We are basically into fireworks and IT security solution services.

“In today’s world, hacking of organisation’s data has become rampant and in 2017, organisations globally suffered the highest online attacks on their data and systems. As a global IT security company, we help organisations to protect their data and systems from hacking, while helping enterprise companies to scale up their IT networks for efficiency in business. We provide double layer security and help organisations to remain competitive.

“We also have solutions for smart city initiatives, using our GPRS wireless solution. We provide all forms of IT security to organisations, with remote control access and our goal as a global IT security company is to help organisations, especially the enterprise companies to protect their data, systems and resources,” Thomas said.

“We have IT security solutions that will improve operations of the financial sector, oil and gas sectors, telecommunications sector, education sectors among other sectors. We can build our solution on-premise or where ever location the client chooses.

Speaking on cyber threats and attacks, cyber threats are changing by the day and the hackers are devising new ways to launch attacks on organisations.

He advised organisations to be fully prepared and equipped with the right IT solutions to address their IT security challenges.

“Our solutions are futuristic and intelligent to address all forms of security threats to organisations. Our intention is to hire local staff and establish a long term business in Nigeria. One of the things that we will like to do differently from other solution providers is to look at development solutions that address specific applications in Nigeria,” he said.