Try These 4 Steps to Ensure a Smooth Transition Into Your Next Security Management Role

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A transitions into a new job is tough, no doubt about it. It can be mentally challenging, and you may feel exhilarated and then exhausted by the end of the work day, but this is just the up-front cost of starting a new chapter in your career journey. Simply follow these four key steps to ensure a smooth transition into your next security management role.


1. Build Relationships

* Establish relationships with your boss, peers and others that you may be direct reports to you.

* Work to identify other influential team members in the organization and offer to be a resource for them. (Broaden your horizons here, sometimes informal team members turn up in unexpected places).

* Support others outside of your direct team and demonstrate you are a team player and interested in the organizations overall goals.


2. Enter The Game Mentally Prepared

* Consider the specific security management challenges of your role.

* Have your boss tell you the number one achievement they want to see from you after 90 days, six months and one year on the job.

* Take time to formulate a specific plan to meet these goals and do put it in writing. This will help keep you on track.


3. Pick Some “Low Hanging Fruit”

* Identify some early accomplishments which will help you to gain respect and credibility. This will also help you to gain confidence.

* This should also help you gain clarity around any goals or mission you are not sure about.

* Use this time to determine if you have the needed resources to achieve the goals outlined for you.  If not, ask for them.


4. Get Up to Speed Quickly

* While you should naturally be focused on creating relationships, gathering facts, planning strategy and meeting goals, be sure you are learning the company culture and the particulars of how your new organization conducts day-to-day business.

* Encourage open and positive communication with all colleagues about security policy, strategy, tactics, operations, potential opportunities and any other items critical to overall success.


Keep in mind all new security executives will encounter issues, challenges and opportunities early in their tenure. All transitions take time and if you work hard, preserve and stay upbeat your effort will pay off.



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