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.
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) […]