Donna Ruginski

Executive Director for Cybersecurity Initiatives

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Professional Experience

  • since 2019 — Executive Director for Cybersecurity Initiatives — UMBC
  • 1998-2018 — Founder and CEO — SAINT Corporation
  • 1996-2018 — Chief Operating Officer —  Carson Inc.
  • 1988-1996 — Senior Vice President — Carson Inc.


  • Computer Science M.S. — Johns Hopkins University
  • Mathematics and Computer Science B.S. — Towson University

Short Biography

Donna Ruginski is Executive Director for Cybersecurity Initiatives in the Office of the Vice President for Research with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is responsible for the strategic positioning and growth of UMBC’s cybersecurity initiatives. Donna is the recipient of the 2021 Maryland Cybersecurity Award–Cyber Warrior Woman of the Year.

Donna is a senior technology executive with extensive experience in aspects of building a start-up business including establishing and managing a product development team, sales organization and business development partnerships. Donna is a founding partner of SAINT Corporation, a cybersecurity software company providing vulnerability management solutions. She served as COO for a cybersecurity consultancy, where she was responsible for business operations. Donna serves on the Cyber Advisory Board for bwtech@UMBC Research Park and is an advisor and mentor to start-up companies in the MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator program. As a mentor for the Maryland New Venture Fellowship for Cybersecurity grant, she works with teams to further the development of technologies created within the University of Maryland System.

Donna received her Master of Science in Computer Science from John’s Hopkins University, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Towson University.