Foster City, CA
|Summary: Exabeam has placed high importance on creating a diverse and inclusive culture. The company’s ExaGals program focuses on supporting and empowering the women of Exabeam, as well as women in the technology community at large, with career development, education and personal growth opportunities. Results are proven by significant increases in women in executive and other leadership roles at Exabeam.|
What products or services does your company produce?
- Exabeam Fusion XDR
- Exabeam Fusion SIEM
- Exabeam Advanced Analytics (UEBA)
- Exabeam Entity Analytics (UEBA)
- Exabeam Data Lake
- Exabeam Incident Responder (SOAR)
- Exabeam Case Manager
- Exabeam Threat Hunter
- Exabeam SaaS Cloud
- Exabeam Cloud Connectors
- Exabeam Cloud Archive
How long has your company been in business?
Exabeam has been in business since 2013.
What specific diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives has your company undertaken? Please include documentation from company handbooks or policy manuals.
Exabeam’s ExaGals program focuses on supporting and empowering the women of Exabeam, as well as women in the technology community at large, with career development, education and personal growth opportunities.
Exabeam’s CommUNITY Council is founded on the principle that value and power reside in our uniqueness. The goal of the Council is to promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion, spread knowledge and awareness, encourage everyone to have open and honest conversations on difficult issues, and foster and affect organizational change.
Beyond Barriers is a program dedicated to professional advancement through mentorship, workshops, and wellness. Ten individuals are selected to enter this program, hand selected by the C-level.
From Exabeam’s Employee Handbook:
Commitment to Diversity: Exabeam is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the business and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in company policy and the way we do business at Exabeam and is an important principle of sound business management.
Does your company offer training for current managers to ensure they are employing inclusionary hiring practices, and are they held accountable for doing so?
Exabeam offers Unconscious Bias training for managers and employees and their talent team is held accountable for presenting a diverse slate of candidates for open positions.
Explain how your diversity programs have evolved over time?
Exabeam live’s by the philosophy that “we are better together.” To help promote that internally, the company has created two culture committees – CommUNITY Council and ExaGals. Both were created to promote and preserve corporate culture. If there is something to celebrate, Exabeam celebrates – whether it is women in tech, pride, Diwali, Halloween, or just a random Thursday. The company’s commitment to these cultural ideals impacts everyone employees interact with on a daily basis. The ExaGals group was launched when Exabeam was founded, and the CommUNITY was added in 2020 following the very difficult and tragic pandemic and loss of black lives to give a voice and sense of community to employees who may otherwise feel isolated or underrepresented, while also holding the company accountable to goals established to improve diversity. Exabeam wants employees to know they are valued and to foster a culture of learning.
These groups fall under the Exabeam Cares program, a philanthropic effort focused on education, giving back to the community, and closing the cybersecurity skills gap. This is a yearly program that Exabeam provides to students within the United States and Districts of Colombia. The program is supported by a cybersecurity scholarship offered to three impressive students looking to propel themselves into a cybersecurity profession.
Exabeam has already implemented scholarship and education initiatives in the last two years to support the next generation of cybersecurity professionals (detailed later).
Please detail the success of your diversity programs? Include statistics supporting an increase in hiring or promotions of those in under represented communities in your response.
Exabeam has increased their veteran population significantly in the last two years and increased female representation at the C-level to 40%. They are also rolling out a systematic approach to reviewing hiring, merit, and promotion nominations to ensure fair, equitable treatment across all genders, races, and identities.
Here are highlights from Exabeam’s FY ’21 & FY ’22 for Gender and Race/ Ethnicity (US Only).
Gender Analytics – There has been an increase in women in the following types of roles:
- Leadership – 50%
- Management – 39%
- Non-Technical – 15.5%
Race/Ethnicity (US only) – Overall increase in ethnic diversity across the company:
- Latinx – 21%
- Black – 23%
- Multiracial – 15%
How do you measure the success of your diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives?
The company regularly polls employees and reviews data to understand which initiatives have the most impact and also understand the engagement and sentiment of the diverse teams. Diversity statistics are reviewed for new hires, the employee population, promotions, departures, and key talent.
Specifically when it comes to people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, the disabled, and members of other social identity groups, what specific steps have you taken to encourage applicants from these communities to seek employment with your company?
“Like our customers, our team comes from all walks of life. Our employees bring their full selves to work. Whether it’s championing women, supporting veterans, improving diversity or aligning our hiring process with our values, our philosophy is that we’re better together.”
The ExaGals initiative was launched back when Exabeam was founded as a way to empower women in the company and in the tech community at large. ExaGals reaches out to women to offer career development, education, and personal growth opportunities. The ExaGals also regularly give back to their community through volunteer efforts. You can find them at the food bank, doing arts and crafts with children, or riding on the back of a pickup truck to help harvest fruits and vegetables. ExaGals has been instrumental in cultivating Exabeam’s values and forging the company culture as it exists today.
“We are also happy to highlight that 40% of our C-Suite positions are also held by women in 2022 – a new feat that we hope to continue progressing as representation matters.”
“Exabeam is also proud to employ many veterans that contribute their unique talents to our company. We regularly encourage veterans to join our team and work to raise awareness for the advanced training and skills they have that can easily transfer to the cybersecurity industry.”
What steps are you taking to ensure representation of under-represented groups in management and board-level positions?
The CommUNITY Council has five strategic initiatives led by dedicated teams:
- Talent Acquisition
- Learning and Development
- Volunteering and Events
Together, these teams encourage conversations, especially the difficult ones surrounding social justice, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This includes celebrating all employees at every level, and evaluating policies and processes – including ensuring board-level and management representation– improving them and giving underrepresented groups and individuals opportunities to succeed.
Do you have any initiatives to give back to underprovided communities? What about other minority groups?
Exabeam is passionate about investing in future cybersecurity leaders through community outreach and initiatives aimed at filling the current talent shortage with diverse individuals motivated to make their mark on the industry.
Exabeam has a number of initiatives under its Exabeam Cares Philanthropy program aimed at providing opportunities to underrepresented communities. Chief among them is its Cybersecurity Scholarship program, which supports the next generation of diverse cybersecurity professionals by offering the winner a $10,000 scholarship along with an internship in the department of their choice, as well as a $5,000 scholarship to the runner up.
Are there other initiatives your organization supports to help equip people in disadvantaged communities to better compete for tech-related careers?
Through philanthropic efforts, Exabeam hopes to level the playing field for underserved communities and give them the opportunities they deserve to succeed. Another core tenet of the Exabeam Cares program is the Exabeam Cyberversity program. Exabeam Cyberversity is designed to help aspiring cybersecurity professionals navigate career options and increase industry-wide diversity through knowledge sharing and networking. Participants gain unparalleled access to experts and resources at Exabeam and Exabeam’s partners to build a foundation for fulfilling careers in the industry.
What specific plans are in place at your organization to help you become even more diverse in the future?
Through the CommUNITY program, Exabeam gives employees the power to voice their concerns and offer ideas for increasing diversity and inclusion. Exabeam champions its employees as pillars of the company and values their role in affecting change within the company and across the tech industry at large.
In addition, in November, Exabeam appointed Gianna Driver as chief human resources office (CHRO). Along with creating scalable processes that enrich the employee experience, Gianna is charged with developing Exabeam’s talent strategy and driving initiatives to enhance corporate culture as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.
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