TIAA boosts cybersecurity talent strategy with university partnership

CISO Tim Byrd teams up with New York University Tandon School of Engineering to create a new educational pathway for TIAA employees.

TIAA CISO Tim Byrd and company CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett joined other private sector executives and education leaders at the White House this past August to discuss the nation’s need to address cybersecurity threats.


The program, which launched in the summer of 2019, has two components: Its Cyber Fellows component allows any TIAA employee who already has a degree in science, technology, math, or engineering (STEM) the opportunity to enroll in a cybersecurity master’s degree. An NYU Tandon scholarship and TIAA tuition reimbursements cover nearly all costs.

Its Bridge to NYU Tandon component allows any TIAA employee to enroll in the NYU Tandon certificate program that provides an introduction to topics across the computer science discipline and prepares students for the Cyber Fellows program. The cost for employees is covered by TIAA, too.

The program’s goal, Byrd says, is to address the national cybersecurity talent crisis on the local level by advancing his own team members’ skills and creating a pipeline for bringing more workers into the profession.