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The son of a renowned cybersecurity expert has been charged with the murder of his mother after being found stabbed to death in his home.
Juanita Koilpillai, 58, has been described as “a genius” by her colleagues. Born in Sri Lanka, she moved to the United States in the early 1980s to study at the University of Kansas and pioneered the predominantly white male industry, eventually founding a company that had the federal government among its clients.
Her 23-year-old son Andrew Beavers was arrested on July 31.
Koilpillai’s friend called the police on July 25 to report her missing.
Police found her body outside of her with multiple stab wounds.
Her car had disappeared and the next day her son was found with the car and the murder weapon. A forensic analysis of the knife found her and her mother’s DNA on the weapon.
She had a cut on her hand that she couldn’t explain.
Beavers was arrested and remains in custody at a home in Leesburg, Virginia.
“I’ll say he was a certified genius,” said Dr. Ron Martin, a close friend and professor at Capitol University of Technology.
He said that he has mentored a new generation of cybersecurity professionals.
“She was always willing to help the students.
“He always recommended her to students who were cyber and she gave them advice and suggestions.”
Friends who spoke to The Capital Gazette described her as a talented gardener, a celebrity cook, a charismatic presenter, and a brilliant tech professional.
She has flown airplanes and produced community films with her ex-husband and traveled the world with friends and family.
She has worked in cybersecurity and networking for 30 years and has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, her friend Connie Moore told the newspaper.
Koilpillai was a member of FEMA’s corporate security management team and, according to her biography for the Cloud Security Alliance, the principal investigator for several US Department of Defense initiatives.
Together with her ex-husband, Koilpillai developed Cyberwolf, an advanced automated attack alert system used by the government. They then sold the company to Symantec, a computer security software company.
“Turning a startup into a great business and then selling it to a larger tech company has been an incredible achievement,” Moore told the newspaper.
But doing it as a woman, as a person of color, says a lot about her tenacity, her brilliance, her business acumen, her technological savvy.
“It was extraordinary.”
Moore said she took boating lessons, opened a lush garden and enjoyed photographing sunsets and wildlife from the marina.
She also founded the Merge Foundation, which advises students, helps them build relationships with potential employers, and hone her skills in the arts, filmmaking, investing and business, according to the foundation’s website.
“I was so happy in that element,” Moore said.
“We never get to know how he did everything. Because her friends were also friends who did everything, but we didn’t do everything at her level.
“I was off the beaten track and I lived a full life in every way.”