While ASIS helps security professionals at every stage of their career, ASIS recognizes that our next generation of professionals represent the future of the profession. Each month, the ASIS blog features a Q&A with a NextGen member within our membership and share their unique perspective on a range of topics ranging from industry trends, and the value of ASIS membership to professional development. This month’s blog features Mal Singer, APP.
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Q: As a young professional, what do you think the future of security holds?
A: As businesses continue to adapt to the “new normal,” the security industry is progressing in order to keep up. We are seeing security leaders become more agile and flexible, which allows security teams to better integrate with the organizations that they support. Furthermore, we see non-security individuals lean on their security leaders as trusted advisors, breaking down silos and allowing us to be more proactive in our work.
Q: What can experienced security professionals learn from early career professionals?
A: I think those earlier in their careers understand the value in collaborating with other departments, especially those that typically are siloed (such as Diversity & Inclusion teams). This allows us to provide support that aligns with the organization’s goals and strategic priorities. Increased collaboration will help integrate your protocols and objectives into the business, expand your perspective, and colleagues will see you as a flexible, trusted partner.
Q: What opportunities exist for young professionals in the security industry?
A: As organizations' priorities continue to shift, young professionals may have opportunities to fill some of the gaps that currently exist. By taking on roles, whether they be volunteer, temp, contract, or full time, that highlight one's ability to work cross-functionally, communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, and lead with empathy and compassion, young professionals can highlight their ability to be successful within the security industry. Additionally, finding a mentor can help young professionals determine which opportunities excite them and what is needed to pursue those opportunities, which provides the young professional with control over their career.