Security Awareness Specialist
Typically requires 3 to 5 years of experience in information security.
A security awareness specialist develops learning and awareness programs to cultivate a culture of cybersecurity within an organization. They educate company personnel and contractors on security threats and how to defend against them. Daily responsibilities of a security awareness specialist include:
  • Championing security by developing and delivering training and awareness programs.
  • Providing simple, practical and up-to-date cybersecurity information.
  • Empowering people to embed security by design into how they perform their jobs.
  • Working closely with technology, audit, legal, and other business units to understand security challenges and tailor training to meet business and compliance requirements.
  • Incorporating feedback from incidents into updated training and awareness programs.
Abigail Beehler
Security Awareness Manager
Abigail has over 5 years of experience in the communications and awareness space in the information security field.
Abigail Beehler
Security Awareness Manager, Salesforce
Abby's first position out of college was in the technology area of an energy company. She worked closely with the information security team and eventually transitioned into the group. Since then, Abby has helped build out security awareness programs at companies across various sectors including energy, finance, and ecommerce.
I love that the role allows me to partner with different organizations and provides me with the opportunity to really drive culture change within a company.
We had a chance to connect with Abigail to ask her a few questions about her cybersecurity journey.
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Top skills requested
The technical and specialized skills most frequently requested by employers for this role.
  • Information security
  • Project management
  • Phishing
  • Training
  • Information systems
  • Corporate communications
  • Technical writing
  • Instructional design
  • Multimedia
  • Program management
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