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Kristel, Paessler partner to launch network monitoring solution

Kenyan cybersecurity solutions distributor Kristel Communication has partnered with German network monitoring software firm Paessler in a move meant to avail networking monitoring software Paessler Router Traffic Grapher (PRTG).

The PRTG software targets startups, small medium sized and enterprise companies to enable them monitor all their systems, devices, traffic and other applications while offering real-time alerts.

Speaking during the launch ceremony at a Nairobi hotel, Kristel Communication Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ben Obinju termed the partnership with Paessler as timely at a period when the country has seen increased cyber security threats targeting businesses.

“We have been working to ensure all our clients are cyber resilient by helping them mitigate the day-to-day risks that originate from cyber threats,” said Obinju.

He added that the availability of the software would enable local firms to optimize the usage of their infrastructure by enabling the systems manager to lead in all processes with the help of the software.

Obinju noted that PRTG allows organizations to respond to unexpected changes in the system by triggering real-time notifications to help decrease the downtime which can easily lead to the loss and delay of delivering crucial functions.

In her remarks, the Business Development and Technical Sales Manager for Africa Irene Goerrissen said that many organizations in the region have their IT faculties monitoring the functionalities of the various tools in their infrastructure.

“PRTG will therefore enable organizations to optimize their IT department focus on their roles through a powerful and flexible platform,” said Goerrissen.

The Chief Operation Officer Kristel Simon Otieno said that they were proud to be recognized as the only cybersecurity focused distributor in East Africa.

“We would like to see a scenario where IT practitioners would wait for some downtime to be alerted of any problems in the system by organizations automating their monitoring technique,” said Otieno.

Among the expected early adopters for the project including the financial sector such as banks, SACCOs and deposit taking microfinance institutions.

By Jedida Barasa and Mwereza K Sorotina

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