University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
May 18, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

Internationally Renowned Cyber-Security Specialist Joins USA

Internationally renowned cyber-security specialist Rebecca Gurley Bace has joined the University of South Alabama School of Computing’s Center for Forensics, Information Technology, and Security as its chief strategist.

A pioneer in cyber security research, Bace was an early information security program manager, directing research in information security for the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Her work in building the early intrusion detection research and development community led to her recognition as the “Den Mother of Intrusion Detection.” Her book on intrusion detection remains the definitive text on that topic. Bace’s public service also includes stints as a security operations officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory and as an investment team lead for InQTel. She worked in the venture capital industry for a decade, building the information security product and service industry. In 2005, she was also named one of the five more influential women in the information security and risk management industry. In 2007, Information Security Magazine named Bace one of the ten most influential people in the information security industry.

“Becky Bace is a well-known expert in cyber security with experience at the highest levels of government, industry, and as a venture capitalist,” said School of Computing Dean Dr. Alec Yasinsac. “She brings international name recognition to our School and will be an outstanding leader in generating high quality computing research and in transitioning our ideas to the marketplace. In this age where computing is dominating the technology marketplace and cyber security is dominating the computing field, she is the perfect hire at the perfect time and we graciously welcome her into the School of Computing.”

A native of Leeds, Ala., she joined USA School of Computer in Shelby Hall earlier this month.
 In her new role, Bace will coordinate with industry and government agencies that are active in information security research and guide the Center’s research efforts through collaboration with those agencies.

“Cyber security is a growth industry, marked by numerous challenges and opportunities for the foreseeable future,” Bace said. “With CFITS located within the USA School of Computing (a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education) we are perfectly positioned to leverage this amazing opportunity.

“As an Alabama native, I look forward to working with the USA School of Computing to expand its prominence in this critical area of need. It is a real honor to continue my life’s work in protecting the national cyber infrastructure while providing education and professional opportunities for USA School of Computing students. I am truly thrilled to be home in lower Alabama.”

For further information on USA CFITS please refer to the center's website at or contact the USA CFITS Director, Les Barnett at at (251) 460-1601. For further information on the School of Computing, see or call (251) 460-6390.


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