Datacentrix, Pfortner target African financial services market


Datacentrix has established a strategic collaboration with Pfortner, a local developer of secure communications solutions.

The partnership, which was formally announced today, 10 March 2016, at the Datacentrix Business Showcase event held at Montecasino, Johannesburg, South Africa will see the two companies join forces to bring data protection to Africa’s financial services sector.

“Pfortner’s secure end-to-end solutions are used by numerous multinational financial services firms across a current base of 15 African countries. This is excellently complemented by Datacentrix’ strong implementation and service capabilities as well as its established footprint,” says Aubrey Swanepoel, Pfortner Founder and MD.

“As a small technology-focused setup, our partnership with a services-oriented organisation like Datacentrix will provide Pfortner with a tremendous opportunity to increase our traction within Africa’s financial services market,” he states. “Aside from its strong local presence and skills, Datacentrix can also assist and support customers throughout their entire technology lifecycle.”

Swanepoel explains that, in the future, Datacentrix will be the go-to-market vehicle for Pfortner’s solutions and have input into product development.

“Pfortner provides two innovative solutions to the African market,” he says.

“The first is secure communications in the machine to machine/ Internet of Things (IoT) space, using Pfortner Secure Redundant Connectivity (SRC) devices. Incorporating Pfortner’s patented STEALTH technology, these devices are cloaked on the network, providing greater security, resilience and connectivity all in one.”

The second solution falls within the person-to-person/ instant messaging (IM) space, where an integrated Secure Communications Platform (SCP) incorporates elements of instant messaging, file transfer and e-mail into one platform.

“This provides a powerful tool, enabling organisations to encrypt, own and control all instant messages and secure file transfers within its corporate environment. It protects companies against email phishing, impersonation fraud and can also avert third party data breaches.”

“Pfortner’s excellent technology solutions will round out Datacentrix’ existing information security offering, while allowing the two companies to deliver on their joint vision of providing customised, secure connectivity solutions and services to the continent’s financial services sector,” says Ahmed Mahomed, Datacentrix Chief Executive Officer. 


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