Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward
Chief Information Security Officer, Sr. Managing Dir. Risk & Security

Degree Institution: TIAA

Stephen Ward is Chief Information Security Officer at TIAA-CREF, providing direction and ingenuity over IT Security and Risk. As CISO, Stephen oversees an end-to-end view of security for the firm. In this role, he manages the identification and remediation of information technology risks. Stephen is also responsible for effectively identifying, responding to and mitigating computer security incidents impacting our company, clients and customers. His team manages the security technology that safeguards the company’s information assets from cyber security attacks. In addition to Information Security and Risk, he provides a comprehensive governance structure pertaining to security standards, processes and threats across the firm’s various security disciplines, including Information Security, Physical Security and Cyber Security.


Stephen has over 16 years of experience in physical security, fraud, cyber security, risk and information security. He has held senior roles in both the private sector and federal government. At JPMorgan Chase, he was active in multiple aspects of overseeing cyber intelligence, fraud investigations, information security and risk. As a member of the U.S. Secret Service, the breadth of his training and experience spanned physical protection, fraud and cyber security. Stephen still holds his Secret Security clearance and continues to work closely with the U.S. Government on cyber security issues. Stephen is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, a graduate of Seton Hall University and an avid supporter of autism charities.

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