More Than A Friend

(Radia Perlman)

I wish I’d spent more time with her. I always assumed there would be more opportunities, and I was always “temporarily” so busy.

She has been so important in the field of security, but she was also just a wonderful human being. 

Obviously, she was brilliant. But also, funny, warm, caring.  I feel so lucky to have known her, and honored to consider her a friend.  She has touched many people, as I’ve heard about her passing from so many people, who are all shocked by the suddenness, and will miss her.  Suddenness, I guess is good.  It sounds like she did not suffer, and it’s nice to think of her living her wonderful, adventurous, joyful life to the last moment.

An Inspiration

(Peter G. Neumann – Moderator of the ACM Risks Forum and Senior Principal Scientist in the SRI International Computer Science Lab)

Becky was an inspirational person in my life, going way back to her early commitment to anomaly and misuse detection. Her cheerful nature and wisdom will be sorely missed, including some more or less monthly one-on-one banter that we had recently on a government advisory board.

Her passing is a huge loss for the wider community of friends and colleagues that she had established.

I Will Always Remember

(Caroline Wong)

Becky has left a lasting impression on me and I will always remember her.

I am 33 years old and and live in San Francisco. I have worked in Information Security for the last decade or so. I met Becky when I was just getting started through the Executive Women’s Forum. I was very junior at the time and Becky was so kind to me. I remember meeting her for lunch at a Thai restaurant in San Jose, CA and thinking, Becky is such a badass. Why is she even giving me the time of day?

I remember her warm and friendly demeanor, her charming voice, how I had a little bit of trouble hearing everything she had to say when we were in a busy conference environment and would need to lean in to catch all of her words.

I can’t stop thinking about a meeting I had with her in New York last year. A couple of years ago, my daughter was born and my father passed away a week later. It was an incredibly transformative time for me, and Becky listened and gave me beautiful space to share my story, my joy, and my grief. That’s when I learned about the various medical issues that she had been battling over the past few years. She also shared with me the story of her son’s life and his death. I was so struck by Becky’s most recent success against cancer. I told her that for all she had been through, it was clear that she still had work left to do on this earth.

The last time I saw Becky was at the RSA conference, for lunch on Valentine’s Day. I was the event organizer and Becky was one of my favorites, so I arranged for her to sit next to me. There were about 30 women in attendance and many that I had not seen in over a year, so I did not make a special effort to spend time with Becky 1:1. I wish that I had.

Becky told me that she loved seeing pictures of my daughter, Sue, on Facebook. Now whenever I post photos it makes me sad that she will not see them. However, it brings me joy to know that she is with her little boy.

She Will Always be “Mama Bear”

(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.

Im My Prayers

(Brendan Reidy)

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Becky. I missed seeing her at the most recent Trident function at the RSA. I so appreciated not only her keen technical insight but loved the joy she brought to any discussion. The world is truly a lesser place without Becky. Please know that I keep Becky in my prayers.

A Unique and Caring Person

(Holly Allen)

She always had the ability to connect with people and she was brilliant, but when I think of the Becky I have known all of my life, I think of her ability to meet people and develop a friendship with them that she always nourished. So many of us have friends but we don’t nourish them like Becky did.  She was  such a unique and caring person