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

I am an information security professional in the financial services industry focused on researching the latest cybersecurity solutions and nascent threats. Also, I am an adjunct professor of cybersecurity at Utica University. I am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and have a Doctorate of Science in Computer Science, an MS in Cybersecurity, and a BA in Business Administration. My research focuses on cybersecurity automation and machine learning.

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


Addressing Both Sides of the Cybersecurity Equation in the CSIAC Journal

Exploring the Strategies Cybersecurity Specialists Need to Improve Adaptive Cyber Defenses Within the Financial Sector (Doctoral Dissertation) in ProQUest

Driving Forces for Security Automation in 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 (Master’s Thesis) in ProQuest

Media & Interviews

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.


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