Matthew Preston

Senior Security Consultant

Mr. Preston has more than fourteen years of direct experience in the networking and cyber security industries, specializing in the architecture, design, and implementation of enterprise systems. Applying his deep experience with architecting complex networks, Mr. Preston has directed that experience into analyzing and securing networks from cyber vulnerabilities. Mr. Preston has also had recent roles in evaluating enterprise-level certificate infrastructure in relation to cyber security.

Recent CIP experience includes:

  • Numerous mock audits, encompassing all current CIP standards.
  • Active and Paper Vulnerability Assessments for large entities.
  • General NERC CIP Immersion and lead in interactive discussions.  

Earlier in Career

Prior to joining NST, Matthew worked for more than eleven years with the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM), as the Associate Director of Networking & Data Center Infrastructure. In this often-visible role, he served as the campus liaison for all network related services, including the architecture and application of information security infrastructures. During a major information security overhaul at UWM, Matthew shared his vision for re-architecting and implementing tools designed to better secure the enterprise environment. Before specializing in network roles, Matthew worked many years as a systems administrator in Unix/Linux environments, meeting intricate server technology needs. Matthew’s greatest joy in the industry is working with clients to solve complex issues, and to find creative and helpful solutions to implement their strategic visions for a better secured environment.


Matthew received his M.S. in Information Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. In addition to his degrees, Matthew has also held several technical certifications from Microsoft, Red Hat, and Juniper.