(Anita D’Amico)

Originally posted on the CodeDX website

It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of Becky Bace, a member of our Advisory Board. Becky was a pioneer of cyber security technology, working on early intrusion detection systems at NSA. She later helped fund other security innovators through her work at In-Q-Tel and Trident Capital, where she oversaw one of the largest cyber security investment portfolios in Silicon Valley. In her last few years she has been helping build the University of South Alabama Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security. She innovated relentlessly, and helped shape the future of cyber security. Her Influence will be felt for decades to come.

Becky has always been a mentor. She generously gave her time to young people and young companies like us, sharing wisdom and helping us positively affect the security and economy of our country. She actively encouraged others to use their talents and influence for positive change, and Becky herself walked that walk. As an Advisor to Code Dx she was available when we needed guidance, calling in from wherever she was—a highway rest stop, an airport— to answer questions, make introductions, and help shape our vision.

Becky has been named one of the “Five Most Influential Women in Security” by SC Magazine. But to many of us that she mentored, she was and always will be “Mama Bear.” We will miss her.