Hello! I’m Donnie Wendt. Thanks for stopping by.

I am a cybersecurity professional and researcher with over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. I focus on researching the latest cybersecurity solutions and emerging threats. Also, I am an adjunct professor of cybersecurity at Utica University. I am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with a Doctorate of Science in Computer Science, an MS in Cybersecurity, and a BA in Business Administration. My research focuses on securing machine learning and  cybersecurity automation.

When not working, teaching, or studying, I enjoy playing with my guitars (Meredith, Elena, Destiny, Tris, McKayla, and Avril), running, and scuba diving.


Combating Threats and Reducing Risks Posed by AI. 2024. FS-ISAC Working Group

Generative AI Vendor Risk Assessment Guide. 2024. FS-ISAC Working Group

Addressing Both Sides of the Cybersecurity Equation. 2019. CSIAC Journal

Exploring the Strategies Cybersecurity Specialists Need to Improve Adaptive Cyber Defenses Within the Financial Sector. 2019. Doctoral Dissertation in ProQuest

Driving Forces for Security Automation. 2019.The Evolution of the Cybersecurity Ecosystem by IACD and CIS

Cyber-Warfare and the Laws of Armed Conflict- Implications of Considering a Cyber-Attack an Act of War. 2016. Master’s Thesis in ProQuest

Media & Interviews

Adversaries May Be Poisoning Your Machine Learning Engine – Interview by B. Barth, scmagazine.com, 09/29/2022

The Reality of Deception for Cyber Resilience – Interview by R. Hegde, kuppingercole.com, 03/21/2022.

Speaker Spotlight: Mastercard’s Donnie Wendt on Machine Learning in Cybersecurity – Interview by F. Süß, kuppingercole.com, 10/26/2021.

Banks Cautiously Consider Expanding Automation’s Role in Incident Response by B. Barth, scmagazine.com, 10/10/2021.


02/22/2024 – Misinformation in the Age of Generative AI @ Palmetto Cybersecurity Summit – Columbia, SC

11/09/2023 – Misinformation in the Age of Generative AI @ Kansas City Cyber Security Conference – Kansas City

10/11/2023 – Securing Machine Learning for Cybersecurity @ The Summit on Security & Third-Party Risk – Austin

09/25/2023 – Misinformation in the Age of Generative AI @ Infosec World – Orlando, FL

05/05/2023 – Securing Machine Learning in the Software Supply Chain @ Cyber Security Supply Chain Summit – Barcelona, Spain

02/22/2023 – Strategies to Defend Against Emergent and Future Threats to Business Environments @ Foundry Future of Security 2023 – Seoul, Korea,

11/10/2022 – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Lies: Deepfakes or AI-Generated Synthetic Media @ Cybersecurity Leadership Summit, Berlin Germany

11/09/2022 – Best Practices for Implementing Enterprise Security Automation for Threat Detection and Intelligence (Panel Discussion) @ Cybersecurity Leadership Summit, Berlin, Germany

11/09/2022 – Security Automation Strategies to Succeed or Fail: You Choose @ Cybersecurity Leadership Summit, Berlin Germany

09/25/2022 – Machine Learning: A Friend and Enemy of Cybersecurity @ InfoSec World 2022, Orlando, FL.

06/22/2022 – Security Automation: Why and Why Not?  @ KuppingerCole Live – Managing Complexity: How to Define an Enterprise Cybersecurity Fabric that Delivers.

05/12/2022 – Vampires & Cybersecurity:  Using Deception to Increase Cyber Resilience @ European Identity and Cloud Conference 2022, Berlin, Germany,

03/28/2022 – Machine Learning: Cybersecurity’s Friend & Foe @ FS-ISAC Spring Summit, Orlando, FL

12/15/2021 – Machine Learning: Cybersecurity’s Friend & Foe @ Kansas City Cyber Security Summit, Overland Park, KS

11/09/2021 – Machine Learning: Cybersecurity’s Friend & Foe @ Cybersecurity Leadership Summit, Berlin, Germany, virtual

10/18/2021 – Security Automation: Research Findings, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned @ (ISC)2 Security Congress, Orlando, FL

09/15/2021 – Security Automation in the Financial Sector: Research Findings, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned @ European Identity and Cloud Conference 2021, Munich, Germany, virtual

05/27/2021 – AI & ML: Both Your Organization’s Friend and Foe @ (ISC)² Think Tank Webinar Series

10/14/2020 – Security Automation and Adaptive Cyber Defense – Research Findings from the Financial Sector @ FS-ISAC Fall Summit, virtual

10/08/2019 – Security Automation and Adaptive Cyber Defense Strategies for Success – Experiences from the Financial Sector @ Borderless Cyber, Washington, D.C.

04/11/2019 – Closing the Gap: Automating Responses to Threats at Machine Speed (Panel Discussion) @ BITS Security Steering Committee, Washington D.C.

10/03/2018 – Addressing Both Sides of the Equation: Security Automation and Deception @ Integrated Cyber, Laurel, MD

05/22/2018 – IACD Financial Services Pilot (Panel Discussion) @ FS-ISAC Annual Summit, Boca Raton, FL

05/02/2018 – Automating the Threat Intelligence Process: A Financial Services Example @ Integrated Cyber, Laurel MD

10/16/2017 – Automating Critical Security Controls: Barriers and Opportunities (Panel Discussion) @ Integrated Cyber, Laurel MD