Melvin Pather is coming on board as an ICT Security and Cloud Specialist based in Auckland.
Advantage recently announced the purchase of Wellington’s Nspire as it builds a nationwide presence adding to its Palmerston North headquarters and established Auckland offices, and now brings senior talent on board in its core information security competency.
“Talent is one of the biggest challenges facing multiple industries across New Zealand, and the problem is acute in information security,” says Brad Pearpoint, CEO, Advantage.
“Melvin is a high calibre hire and we expect our clients will benefit from his proven capabilities, broad knowledge, and practical approach to the ongoing challenge of cybersecurity.”
Pather started his career as an external auditor, became an accountant and then financial manager, before transitioning into IT operations.
He also has extensive knowledge and understanding of various frameworks and standards and how best to put them in place and roll them out in organisations.
With a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, Pather believes continuous learning is essential and is currently pursuing Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification.
Hailing from South Africa, he has relocated to New Zealand to take up the role with Advantage.
“I’ve come to New Zealand in pursuit of a higher quality of life for my family and have quickly found that the people, values, and culture here are extraordinary,” says Pather.
“As a father it is an honour to now call New Zealand home; joining Advantage is fortunate as it is a growing company offering an expanding range of solutions which support clients in accomplishing their strategic goals.
“That aligns well with the value and experience I offer, so I am looking forward to engaging with clients and working to improve cyber resilience.”
Pearpoint says the key differentiator for Advantage is its people.
“Yes, we offer great technology. But it only becomes a solution when the right expertise is applied.
“Melvin has that rare combination of technical and business perspectives of general IT as well as specific cybersecurity environments. And that’s talent New Zealand needs right now.”
Pather’s appointment is effective immediately.