It is with great sadness that CyberWatch West shares the news of the passing of Rebecca “Becky” Gurley Bace, an internationally recognized expert in network security and intrusion detection. 

The chief strategist of the Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security (CFITS), an organization at the University of South Alabama (USA), Bace was also the president/CEO of the security-specialty consulting firm Infidel. 

Bace served on the National Visiting Committee for CyberWatch West during its first grant period. 

“She was a wonderful person and a pioneer in the field,” said CyberWatch West Director and Principal Investigator Corrinne Sande. “She contributed greatly to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in the field of cybersecurity. I first met her in England when we were serving on the same working group, studying barriers to diversity in cybersecurity.”

In 2014, SC Magazine featured Bace in its inaugural “Women in Security” issue, as one of ten female leaders selected for their longstanding contributions to the IT security space.

Bace suffered a heart attack Monday night, March 13. She passed away on Tuesday at USA Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25 on the campus of the University of South Alabama; details are available from the university website

ACSA’s Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program has announced that its top scholarship has been renamed the Rebecca Gurley Bace SWSIS Scholarship, in honor of this pioneer in the information security field. 

Contributions to help support this scholarship are can be made by sending a check (sorry, no online contributions) to:

Applied Computer Security Associates, Inc.
2906 Covington Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Checks should be made payable to “Applied Computer Security Associates”; please note “SWSIS Rebecca Gurley Bace Scholarship” on the memo line.