5 Understandable Conflicts and Solutions

These are five understandable conflicts a prospective member might face when considering joining Security Social, along with the potential benefits and solutions to each conflict.

  1. Privacy Concerns
    • Conflict: Security professionals often prioritize their own privacy and may be hesitant to share personal or professional information in a networking setting.
    • Benefit/Solution: Our networking group, tailored for security professionals, has strict privacy guidelines and basic vetting processes. Joining our group ensure that members’ privacy is respected, and they can choose how much information to share.
  2. Trust Issues
    • Conflict: Given the line of work, security professionals may find it challenging to trust new acquaintances, fearing potential ulterior motives.
    • Benefit/Solution: While building trust takes time, by attending regular networking events and getting to know members over time, trust can be established. Additionally, recommendations and references from trusted colleagues can help in vetting potential connections.
  3. Fear of Information Leakage
    • Conflict: Discussing work-related topics might lead to unintentional disclosure of sensitive information.
    • Benefit/Solution: Networking doesn’t necessarily mean discussing specifics of one’s job. It’s more about building relationships and sharing industry trends or best practices. We all set our own personal boundaries on what topics are off-limits can prevent inadvertent information leaks.
  4. Time Commitment
    • Conflict: Security roles can be demanding, leaving little time for extracurricular activities like networking.
    • Benefit/Solution: While it’s true that networking requires time, the benefits often outweigh the costs. Setting aside a specific time, like one event per month, can make it manageable. Moreover, the decompression effect of face to face interaction is invaluable.
  5. Perceived Lack of Relevance
    • Conflict: Some security professionals might feel that networking events are more suited for sales or business development roles and not directly relevant to their technical or security-focused position.
    • Benefit/Solution: Sales and Marketing people are not accepted as event participants. Networking isn’t just about finding new job opportunities or sales leads. It’s also about learning from peers, staying updated on industry trends, and even finding solutions to current challenges.

There are valid concerns for security professionals when considering networking, there are also tangible benefits. By choosing the right group, setting personal boundaries, and approaching networking with an open mind, security professionals can gain valuable insights and connections in their field.