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Denyette DePierro

Vice President and Senior Counsel, Cybersecurity, American Bankers Association

Denyette DePierro is the Vice President and Senior Counsel for Cybersecurity at the American Bankers Association. At ABA, Denyette focuses on the state, federal, and international regulation of technology, cybersecurity, privacy, information security, data management, and emerging trends in banking, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), internet of things (IOT), connected cities, social media, and digital governance and risk management.

She is co-lead and co-developer of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) Cybersecurity Profile—an open source sector-wide approach to state, federal and international cyber risk management based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework ( On behalf of the financial services sector, she serves as co-chair of the FSSCC International Cybersecurity Working Group and serves as primary drafter to the FSSCC Policy Committee. She was appointed to the NACHA-The Electronic Payments Association’s strategic advisory council and elected to their risk and regulatory working group.

In September 2018, she was selected for a two-year term as the Financial Services National Sector Chief to InfraGard, a public-private critical infrastructure collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and concurrently serves as Financial Services Sector Chief to the InfraGard local chapter serving the Washington DC region.

In 2016, she developed ABA’s Guide to the FFIEC IT Handbook: Information Security. The guide is a helpful examination tool cross-referencing the IT handbook with the relevant examination questions.
Prior to joining ABA, Denyette completed two internships with the US Department of State at the American Embassy in London, England and the American Consulate in Naples, Italy attached to the Political and Economic Policy Offices. She began her US domestic policy career as Legislative Counsel at the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) in Washington, D.C. and the California Independent Bankers in Newport Beach, California where she was the primary lobbyist for twelve states, including California, focusing on financial privacy, banking powers, and the regulation and licensing of Industrial Loan Company (ILC) charters.

While pursuing her J.D. and M.DR from the Pepperdine School of Law, she was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and fellow at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She completed a European Union (EU) Fellowship at the University of Padua in Padua, Italy in Developmental Economics before completing her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.