I love the opportunity to partner with different organizations and drive security culture change within a company.
Abigail Beehler
Senior Manager, Security Awareness Programs, Salesforce
San Francisco, CA, USA
Meet Abigail, communications expert and passionate about company culture.

What motivated you to start a career in security awareness?
I sort of fell into the security awareness space. My first position out of college was in the technology organization of an energy company. I worked closely with the information security team there, and when a position opened up in their group, they offered it to me.
How did you end up in your current role?
I began my career in information security at an energy company. After gaining some experience in the space, I transitioned into the financial services sector. Security programs within the financial services sector tend to be very robust, and I had the opportunity to join a sizable team and help build out a very large program. I knew that I eventually wanted to work for a technology company in San Francisco, so when I came across an opportunity at eBay, I jumped at it. I actually just accepted an opportunity at Salesforce, and I’m really enjoying the role so far.
Information security is such an exciting space, and with the massive digital transformation that is occurring across companies, security communications will become increasingly important.
Describe a recent project you are most proud of.
I’ve had the opportunity to build out programs from the ground up, which has been pretty exciting! Measuring the culture change driven by a successful security awareness program has been particularly rewarding.
What qualities will help someone succeed in a security awareness career?
In my opinion, possessing strong communication skills is vital to finding success in this type of role. More specifically, I think being able to understand at a high level how technology works and communicate about it in a way that is understandable to both technical and non-technical individuals is essential.
What advice do you have for someone starting out in this field?
I think a lot of people have the perception that in order to pursue a career in information security, you have to possess a deeply technical skillset. The information security space has so many facets to it, not all of which are extremely technical. I encourage individuals starting out in their careers to explore the various tracks within the space, and find the one that best suits their interests and skill sets.
Fun Facts
Who are your heroes?
Katherine Johnson, Sara Blakely
Favorite hobby?
Any outdoor activity
Any hidden talents?
I come up with great nicknames for all of my friends
Do you have a motto?
I will find a way or make one
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