Excitement is building for the Niagara Summit, the largest building automation open system summit in the world. Tridium will be unveiling the latest Niagara innovations from edge to cloud. Click to watch Jim Bland, Tridium’s President and General Manager, give the top reasons to attend this year.
Planning is well underway for Niagara Summit 2018. We’ve recently added new breakout sessions that are packed with Niagara best practices, case studies and training. At Niagara Summit 2018, you’ll:
* Learn from the pros in the Developer Bootcamp and gain hands-on knowledge and practical tips for developing on Niagara 4
* Learn about new business opportunities, trends and more from Niagara Community thought leaders in the Business Track
* Get a deep dive into the application engineering side of the Niagara Framework in the Applications Track
* See the latest technologies on the Summit Expo show floor filled with BAS and IoT industry leaders
* Have opportunities to network and share ideas with others in the Niagara Community
Be sure to visit the Niagara Summit website today to view the updated agenda and register before the early bird rate expires on February 20, 2018!
Apply to sponsor and exhibit at Niagara Summit 2018
If you’re interested in sponsoring and exhibiting, check out the Niagara Summit 2018 Prospectus. Simply complete the Sponsor/Exhibitor Agreement in the prospectus, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Mitigating Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities
Dear valued partner,
On January 3, 2018, a group of researchers from Google Project Zero, Cyberus Technology and several universities revealed two major flaws in computer chips that could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns. Called “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws exist in processor families and could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer. Researchers indicate almost every computing system – desktops, laptops, smartphones, and cloud servers – is affected by these flaws.
Tridium takes the security of our customers and products seriously. Upon learning about this CPU issue, we began a company-wide product review to determine which of our devices are affected, and what corrective actions are necessary. Our findings to date are summarized below.
IMPACTED TRIDIUM PRODUCTS:
Niagara Supervisor running on Windows or Linux
If you have a Niagara Supervisor that runs on Windows or Linux, your machine may be affected.
Recommended Customer Actions:
* Update your operating systems with the latest patches, making sure that your organization has a patch management plan that is always executed.
* For Windows, please follow the instructions from Microsoft for patching your systems. You may access this information via this link.
* For Linux, please follow the instructions for Red Hat for patching your systems. You may access this information via this link.
* Ensure anti-virus software is up-to-date.
* Ensure that your Supervisor machine, which is a mission-critical system, is not being used for email access or general web browsing. The Spectre/Meltdown threats require malware be executed on a target machine. Malware attacks typically come from malicious web links, malware-based email attachments and infected USB disks.
* Control physical access to your mission critical systems to prevent attackers from using infected USB disks to infect your machines. Physical security is critical, and your systems must be protected.
We are continuing to work with our vendors in our investigation, but at this point, we know the following:
* The JACE 2/3/6/7 families use a much older PPC architecture, and the processor vendor has determined that they are not susceptible to Spectre and Meltdown.
The JACE-8000 is not affected by Meltdown.
The JACE-8000 uses an ARM chip that is reportedly vulnerable to a Spectre The vendor of the operating system of the JACE is doing further investigation into what patches could possibly apply. Tridium will be working closely with them to determine what OS changes, if any, should be made to mitigate any threat. In the meantime, Tridium has employed significant security measures that mitigate the threat of malware executing on a device.
A Spectre attack requires malware execution. The security controls that are employed by the JACE-8000 include (but are not limited to) the following:
* Niagara’s JACE-8000 employs a “secure boot” process, providing integrity validation of the image at boot time, providing non-repudiated assurance that the root image wasn’t tampered with.
* Niagara 4 employs integrity validation of the core framework at run-time, validating the digital signatures of all Niagara run-time components, ensuring that core Tridium Software has not been tampered with.
* Niagara 4’s Security Manager provides malware prevention by “sandboxing” third party modules, restricting installed software to a limited set of permissions, and terminating execution of any installed software that attempts unauthorized privileges.
* Niagara limits administrative controls and access to sensitive areas of Niagara to authenticated administrators with platform access.
It is important to understand that the security of your Niagara system also revolves around how your system is configured on your network. Please refer to the following documents to ensure that your systems are up-to-date with best practices:
* Niagara AX Hardening Guide (Step-by-Step Guidance for securing your AX systems)
* Niagara 4 Hardening Guide (Step-by-Step Guidance for securing your Niagara 4+ systems)
* TridiumTalk on Cybersecurity – “Defending Your Business Against Cyber Threats” (One hour webinar on Cybersecurity best practices in your organization)
* Q&A from TridiumTalk on Cybersecurity
* Tridium Cybersecurity White Paper
If you have any questions, please contact your Tridium account manager or contact Customer Support via email@example.com.
Register now to secure the early bird rate! Join us April 15–17 in New Orleans for the premier conference focused on the Niagara Framework® and new industry-leading technologies.
Don’t miss this chance to learn more about how Niagara is shaping the future of connected devices and systems, along with what’s fueling Buildings, Industrial IoT and other important technology trends. You’ll have the opportunity to explore leading technology offered by exhibitors, and enjoy networking and social activities with all New Orleans has to offer.
To sponsor and exhibit at the conference, click to download the Niagara Summit 2018 Prospectus. Complete the Sponsor/Exhibitor Agreement in the prospectus, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
See you in New Orleans!
Learn more about Backup as a Service during our next TridiumTalk: December 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (New York, UTC-05:00)
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|Niagara Summit 2018
New Orleans Hyatt Regency
|Dear valued member of the Niagara Community,
Mark your calendar and plan to join us in historic New Orleans for Niagara Summit 2018!
Every two years the Niagara Community comes together at the Niagara Summit to learn about Niagara Framework® advancements, get the latest technology news and trends, and network and learn from peers.
Attendee registration is expected to open later in November, along with event sponsorships requiring tradeshow booth selections. More information will be coming soon.
We hope you’ll plan to join us this April in New Orleans, a city steeped in history and charm, for a Niagara Community event like no other.
You are a skilled systems integrator, and if you are like most, it seems like things are starting to slow down a bit or have just gotten more competitive, either way, there is a space that you can take you skills to that is less crowded. This IIot update, just in from the team at Niagara is worth checking out.
Niagara in the Industrial IoT (IIoT)
DC Technology Spotlight: Industrial IoT Platforms Pave the Way for the Smart Factory
Introducing IDC’s new white paper, Industrial IoT Platforms Pave the Way for the Smart Factory. This new paper analyzes how technologies powering the Internet of Things such as the Niagara Framework® can be applied in industrial environments to digitally transform operations.
Download the new white paper to understand how these IIoT platforms are allowing manufacturers to gather data from a mixed environment of devices, equipment and machines. By converging information technology and operations technology, manufacturers are moving beyond being efficiency-driven to becoming fulfillment-driven. You are a skilled systems integrator, and if you are like most, it seems like things are starting to slow down a bit or have just gotten more competitive, either way, there is a space that you can take you skills to that is less crowded. This IIot update, just in from the team at Niagara is worth checking out.
Tridium’s latest advancement means you can protect the enterprise from losing valuable Niagara station and configuration data, and manage your Niagara licenses from one online location. Introducing Niagara Cloud, a growing suite of services that can help you leverage the Internet of Things in new and powerful ways.
Backup as a Service
Our first Niagara Cloud offering is available now throughout most of the world, later to be introduced in China. With BaaS, easily configure your Niagara stations to do automated secure backups to the cloud. BaaS is available to Niagara 4.3 users with a current Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) at no additional cost.
You can access device backups and track your Niagara software maintenance expirations using our exciting new asset manager tool, live on the Niagara Community website. Click to view this short video from Tridium University demonstrating how easy it is to get started with BaaS.
Have a fail-safe environment for your data
BaaS provides seamless, secure and scalable backups of Niagara stations to the cloud – 24/7/365 – giving you a fail-safe environment for your data. With BaaS, you can easily configure your Niagara stations to do automated secure backups to the cloud in an IT-friendly way, with a simple approach that reduces the amount of effort for backup management and storage.
Be sure to visit our BaaS page for more information.
You can find release notes, technical documentation and more on the Niagara Community website in the “Niagara Cloud Backup as a Service” group, here. Niagara Community log in is required.
Manage device backups and enterprise licenses using one convenient web-accessible tool
Beyond accessing device backups via BaaS, the asset manager tool helps you simplify license management and recoup valuable time. Other key advantages include:
* Automatic push notifications of maintenance expirations and renewals
* Centralized, brand-agnostic view of all Niagara license information
* Easy access to specific device details through filters
* Single login using your Niagara Community credentials
As we build out our Niagara Cloud suite of services, SMAs will begin to feature base options of some of our future offerings, also at no additional cost. Meanwhile, all of the original benefits of having an SMA still apply:
* Updates, builds, patches and upgrades at no additional cost
* Access to all of the latest security updates and patches at no additional cost
* And more
To begin or renew your SMA to receive the current and exciting future benefits of the program, please contact your Niagara partner or the Tridium support team in your region.
We’re excited for you to get started with Backup as a Service and benefit from these exciting Niagara 4.3 innovations!
New IO solution adds power and offers straightforward migration path.
JACE® 8000 IO R is now available. Supported by Niagara 4.3, the new IO R enhances the JACE 8000 by providing a direct connection to simple sensor and device inputs and outputs remotely located up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) away. This new capability will allow you to monitor, control, schedule and analyze your building assets like never before.
Among the many exciting features of the new IO R is an updated NDIO to NRIO conversion tool for easy migration of your existing system, and programmable default states for analog and digital outputs. Improve your system by connecting the IO R with your sensors, devices and assets, and create intelligence.
The new IO R makes the JACE 8000 more powerful and your migration path straightforward. More information can be found in the materials available for download.