Xtra hires IT heads

Xtra is not planning any major assaults on the ISP market just yet, despite advertising in recent weeks for both an IT manager and security chief.

Xtra is not planning any major assaults on the ISP market just yet, despite advertising in recent weeks for both an IT manager and security chief.

The Telecom-owned ISP is to hire a new IT manager to assist information chief and former IT manager Shane Ohlin.

“When I moved into the CIO role, we hired a contract IT manager to support me and it has been decided the position should be made full-time,” Ohlin says.

He was appointed CIO of Telecom’s internet and directory services group last year, with added responsibility for Xtra and Australian ISP Connect.

He continued in the role after restructuring at Telecom in February saw the internet and directory services group “effectively disbanded”, with New Zealand and Australian operations falling under separate regional managers.

“There’s still a lot of IT synergy between the teams, even though they report to different people at a business level.”

As for the security officer job ad, Ohlin says the ISP is seeking to replace the departing security manager and there are no changes to Xtra’s four-person security team.

Ohlin says Xtra is looking for “someone who has experience in an ISP environment, who has managed a team of people and is up with current thinking in the security space”.

The security manager recruitment market is an interesting one, he says. “People come from different backgrounds, but it’s the experience that counts.” He believes the field of applicants may be strengthened by the return of New Zealanders working overseas.

Computerworld has had anecdotal reports of a shortage of security managers in the US and has been told the best can command $US400,000, but Ohlin says Xtra’s new recruit won’t earn that much.

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