Security ConsultancyMetaphor IT’s security consultancy services are provided by a highly qualified team of technical specialists with advanced knowledge in a plethora of security technologies. Our security consultancy skills help organisations assess, define, design, deliver and manage security solutions to meet individual business challenges.

Our highly skilled consultants work with companies of all sizes to align their business objectives with the right IT strategy that does not compromise on security and integrity.

In the last few years, the scale and sophistication of IT security threats have grown at an explosive rate. Organisations have to contend with industrialised attacks, which, in some cases, rival the size and sophistication of the largest legitimate computing efforts.

A Consultative Approach to Security

Our project methodology has been based on industry standards such as Prince2 combined with many years of IT transformation project experience. Our approach ensures that the correct steps are taken from the moment of engagement right through to delivery and on going support and management. Correctly scoping and implementing a project considerably mitigates any risks associated with scope or budget creep.

Because all companies are different, we don’t deliver simple, out-of-the-box solutions. Our consultants will work very closely with you to understand your business and create a bespoke solution that is based on industry best practice and guidelines. Our consultant’s real-world experience encompasses organisations from property, finance and recruitment to law and accountancy as well as specialist vertices such as government, charity and education – and is supported by in-depth technical expertise.


The Analyse Phase

During the Analysis phase Metaphor IT will ensure that Business and Technical, Functional and Non Functional requirements have been understood and documented.

Discovery of the existing environment will also be carried out in order to determine suitability for the planned deployment. This is usually in the form of a Security Assessment. It is likely that during this phase of the project areas will be uncovered that will require design decisions to be made in order to fulfil the projects requirements.

Recommendations will be made, discussed and agreed prior to any design work being carried out.


The Design Phase

Detailed design documentation will be produced for all of the key areas of the solution. This includes individual settings and configurations required in order to meet the projects requirements and success criteria.


The Develop Phase

The Develop phase of the project is the initial installation and configuration of the platform ready for testing and acceptance.


The Test Phase

This is the most important phase of any project and typically the longest. It’s the first opportunity for the key stakeholders of the project to start interacting with the platform. Testing is split into two areas:

Technical Validation – Metaphor IT consultants will test every element of the platform against the agreed design.

User Acceptance Testing – A nominated group of users will use the platform and report back on any issues. These will be collated by our project management team and remediated by our consultants.


The Implement Phase

Metaphor IT will work with you to ensure a smooth implementation and rollout of the platform.


Support, Maintain & Enhance

Once the platform has gone live it is essential that it is maintained and enhanced throughout its lifecycle to ensure maximum return on investment. Metaphor IT have a suite of support and managed services that can be tailored to our customer’s exact requirements.

The GDPR challenge and what it means for your business.

April 2016 saw the passing of the first major EU data protection law which now affects any business who trades with or holds information on European businesses or individuals.

The biggest outcome from this change in law is that organisations must implement and maintain appropriate security measures and solutions to protect personal data and will be fined of up to £16 million or 4% of your global turnover, if you fail to take adequate technical and organisational measures to protect data.

There are different actions you can take to help prepare your business for the new regulation. We are offering all businesses GDPR readiness assessments which will provide recommendations to make sure you are compliant.