Infidel, Inc.

Context and Community for Information Security

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Infidel, Inc.

Community and Context for Information Security Professionals

Meet the Infidels

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Rebecca "Becky" Bace

Rebecca Gurley Bace is a security technology expert, author, and entrepreneur. Named by Information Security Magazine as one of the five leading women in security (2003), and one of the ten most influential people in information security (2007) she has a wide array of security-related expertise built over the past three decades. She currently serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center for Forensics, IT and Security for the University of South Alabama, where her efforts are focused on building a world class cyber assurance collaboration between academia and industry. She is also actively engaged in mentoring technology start-ups, building on her last fifteen years of experience in the venture capital arena. Through the 2000's,

Ms. Bace was Venture Consultant for Trident Capital, where she oversaw security investments for the Palo Alto-based firm. She then served as Vice President of InQTel, the investment arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community, where she built, then served in the firms' cyber security practice team. She founded Infidel, Inc. in 1998, in order to provide strategic and operational security consulting services to a wide array of clients.

Ms. Bace has served as a founder and adviser to a number of information security start-ups, spanning over two decades. Among them is the Institute for Applied Network Security, where she served as founding lead faculty member in the early 2000's, moderating the popular Network Security Forum, a quarterly professional development program for senior Information Security Managers. She was founding Chief Strategy Officer of KSR/Neohapsis,(2006) which provides compliance-focused security products and services to corporate clients. She has also served on the Technical Advisory Boards of many successful network security startups including Security Focus, Intruvert Networks, TriCipher, Tripwire, Qualys, Sygate, SecureWorks, AirTight, and Arxan.

Her consulting engagements have run the gamut from advising investment firms to building operational security policies for online businesses. These tasks build upon information security expertise developed during Ms. Bace's thirteen years in government service, the first twelve as a senior electronics engineer for the National Security Agency. She led the Computer Misuse and Anomaly Detection (CMAD) Research program from 1989 through 1995. During this time, she served as a charter member of NSA's Information Security (Infosec) Research and Technology Group (R2).

Ms. Bace's research collaborations with the FBI produced a manual for Computer Crime Investigation (Computer Crime - A Crimefighter's Handbook, O'Reilly, 1995). She is credited with building a national community that connected early network security researchers with government organizations, including the Air Force Information Warfare Center and the FBI's first Computer Crime Squad. She provided seed funding for the COAST (now CERIAS) project at Purdue University and the Security Lab at University of California, Davis. In 1995, Ms. Bace received a Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of her work building the CMAD community.

Ms. Bace left NSA in 1996 to become the Deputy Security Officer for the Computing, Information, and Communications (CIC) Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this role, she was charged with determining protection strategies that allowed the Laboratory to balance needs for security with needs for availability and performance. In 1998, she started Infidel, Inc. in order to continue her work building the then fledgling information security products and services market.

Ms. Bace is also a noted author on topics in intrusion detection and network security, with credits including Intrusion Detection (Macmillan Technical Publishing, 2000); A Guide to Forensic Testimony (with Fred Smith) (Addison Wesley, 2002); the Intrusion Detection Special Publication for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (SP-800-31); and the chapters on intrusion detection and vulnerability assessment for the Computer Security Handbook, Fourth Edition (Wiley, 2002) and Fifth Edition (Wiley, 2012.) She has, in recent years, written articles and delivered invited lectures on topics related to security entrepreneurial activity and the relationship between cyber security start-ups and the Venture Capital industry.

On an industry level, Ms. Bace works in a variety of roles, including serving as the cyber security lead on the ACM Case Study Working Group (which develops and publishes case studies in ACM Queue and CACM,) serving on a number of National Science Foundation advisory boards, serving as a mentor within the acclaimed I-Corp and Accelerate programs, and advising the State of Maryland in its CyberMaryland initiative, which focuses on technology transfer of cyber security solutions.

Bace holds a Master of Engineering Science degree (Electrical, with concentration in Digital Systems) from Loyola University Maryland.