From:

Sri Lanka

Job title:

IT security manager

Employer:

Tait Communications

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronics), Master of Business Administration and Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Moved to Christchurch:

February 2014

 

Salinda Lekamge
Why did you choose to move to Christchurch?

I moved here for the opportunity to work in a New Zealand-based organisation with a global brand image.

What does your company do?

Tait Communications (Tait) designs, manufactures, deploys, supports and manages digital wireless communication systems for organisations that depend on communication to ensure the safety of people and critical services.

What does your job involve?

I am responsible for ensuring the security of Tait’s business information and client information from cyber threats. I do this by making sure that our security measures comply with international cyber security standards.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Implementing information security in an organisation is always challenging, but with the support of the highly professional yet friendly staff at Tait, this task has been enjoyable.

I like addressing different groups in the organisation to increase awareness of information security.

Tait has a multicultural and multi-ethnic work environment, which is enjoyable to work in and I can learn about different cultures and traditions.

How do you see your career progressing?

I am a member of a local chapter of an international information security group where we share up-to-date knowledge about global and local information security initiatives and challenges.

As Christchurch rebuilds after the earthquakes, companies are going through constant changes and improvements, which provides ample learning and development opportunities for all professions, particularly information security.

Hence, being in Christchurch helps me broaden my knowledge of information security in all aspects through hands-on experience.

Tell us about your lifestyle in Christchurch:

Fun at work:
I enjoy the friendly work culture at Tait. We have regular social events, such as end-of-month drinks, pot-luck lunches and movie nights. We also go on lunchtime walks and dinner outings with team members whenever time permits. The diverse group of people at Tait makes all of these events special and memorable.

Fun outside of work:
Coming to Christchurch was a life changing opportunity for me, as it allowed me to unveil my hidden potential – career and otherwise. Now, I regularly play badminton for a social club and swim at Jellie Park, which is one of the recreational centres managed by the Christchurch City Council. I also enjoy regular evening walks around beautiful Hagley Park.

Family aspects:
The suburb in which I live is a very safe neighbourhood, where everyone respects each other. It has places for entertainment, as well as spiritual wellbeing.

As a family we enjoy watching rugby matches and movies, and swimming at Jellie Park. We also attend meditation events at Samadhi Buddhist Vihara.

Life in Christchurch:
The South Island is known to be the most beautiful island of New Zealand, packed with breathtaking landscapes. Working and living in Christchurch gives us convenient access to picturesque locations within two to three hours’ drive. This enables us to have a healthy work-life balance.

Nice walking tracks, great restaurants and lots of outdoor activities, such as skiing at Mount Hutt, relaxing spas at Hanmer, and great sightseeing in Akaroa, Milford Sound and Arthur’s Pass, are all on my list to explore.

Christchurch is a city filled with warm-hearted people with great smiles. Adjusting to a new environment and culture can be a daunting task. But for me, that transition has been smooth and less terrifying than expected due to the warm and welcoming people of Christchurch.