Matthew Backes

Technical Staff Member

Matthew Backes is a technical staff member in the Energy Systems group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At MIT-LL, Matthew focuses on securing tactical and installation energy systems. This work includes standards development, building prototypes, and informing acquisition requirements. Prior to joining MIT-LL, Matthew worked at Ameren Illinois working on microgrid stability and control, and was a researcher at the Information Trust Institute.

Matthew received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.

My Sessions

Critical Infrastructure As Code

Stage 2

Defending cyber physical processes from digital threats requires that process operators maintain positive control of their systems.  This implies the digital state of their Level 0, 1, and 2 devices remain discoverable and trustworthy, and the current configuration be revertible to a known trusted state when desired.  In IT, open and standards-based configuration management would help fill this role using an Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) […]

Secure Design & Dev