Tim Yardley is the Associate Director of Technology and a Senior Researcher at the Information Trust Institute (ITI). His primary duties focus on defining the strategic vision and direction for applied research in emerging technology throughout the ITI portfolio, as well as conducting research to address the core mission of his institute. Mr. Yardley also acts as the industry lead in structuring research partnerships with ITI. His research is focused on trustworthiness and resiliency in critical infrastructure, particularly with regards to cyber security in systems like the power grid and telecommunications. Mr. Yardley is a senior lead of the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) team. Mr. Yardley is also a principle investigator for several industry lead collaborations, Applied Resiliency for More Trustworthy Grid Operation (ARMORE), Secure Policy Based Configuration (PBCONF), and Collaborative Defense of Transmission and Distribution Control Devices Against Cyber Attacks (CODEF), which aim to bring deployable solutions to solve difficult problems facing the sector. Mr. Yardley has succeeded at doing this already with efforts in graduated technology such as the Open Phasor Gateway (OpenPG) and the Secure Information Exchange Gateway (SIEGate) that were released as open-source products and are in commercially supported use today.
Beyond his core research, verification and validation are a key element to enabling research at Illinois. Through developing advanced testbed environments to carry out this validation and verification, Mr. Yardley helps to apply research to prove out theory and validate those efforts prior to field deployment, speeding the process of technology transition and the realism of fundamental research. The best testbed environments have little value unless they are coupled with training, workforce development, and education as well, so Mr. Yardley has engaged in openly available curriculum development associated with Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructure. In carrying out these roles, his work covers a variety of areas, including control systems, telecommunications systems, critical incident response, and simulations of real-world systems. Other areas of interest include health technology, mobile system security, financial systems, and dynamically tailored environments. Beyond research, Mr. Yardley is involved in security assessments, external relations, national working groups, technology development and transfer and entrepreneurial activities. By being an active contributor in open source projects around the world and having come from industry, Mr. Yardley provides a unique perspective with a proven track record of solving difficult problems.