ControlTalk NOW Week Ending August 16, 2015

ControlTalk NOW for the week ending August 16, 2015 focuses on Cyber Security Awareness with a vulnerability summary from the National Cyber Awareness System, Tridium’s Niagara AX security updates, and Fred Gordy’s BAS exposure report from the Shodan site. Delta Controls’ Und de Boer shares her insights about “Doing Things Right.” Join Chris Ryan and “30 Minutes with Lynxspring,” and another great application from Data Center Monitoring experts, Sierra Monitor Corporation.

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 7.29.48 AMNational Cyber Awareness System: SB15-222: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of August 3, 2015 08/10/2015 06:14 AM EDT. Original release date: August 10, 2015 The US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) in the past week. The NVD is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) / United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 8.15.16 AMSierra Monitor’s Featured Application — Data Center Monitoring. Sierra Monitor — Experts in Data Center Monitoring Applications. A data center is a facility used to house networked computer servers and storage systems that are securely connected to the Internet. A data center generally includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, gas detection, fire suppression), and physical access control systems.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 7.35.06 AMNiagara AX Updates Available Now — Versions 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 are Affected. Niagara AX updates available now. Versions 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 are affected. The August 2015 Update Releases are available for download on Niagara Central. The updates include important enhancements that increase the security of a Niagara AX system, including a newer revision of the Java Virtual Machine. VYKON strongly encourages all customers to update Niagara AX to one of the newly available releases.

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 9.43.48 AM“30 Minutes with Lynxspring” Webinar Series – August 19, 2015. We are always thinking of ways we can help you maximize your company’s productivity and profitability.This month’s “30 minutes with Lynxspring” discusses the services we provide through our Professional Services Group and how they will help you turn projects over quicker, maximize resources and productivity, allow you more time to increase your customer base, pay more attention to your existing customers, and have the time to spend in front of them discussing additional opportunities.

What Makes a Company Great?Una08-12 at 10.27.23 AM It starts with their Philosophy. As we prepare for the nomination period for the 2015 ControlTrends Awards, I am reminded of how many great people, products and companies we have in our industry. It made me wonder what is at the core of these amazing players that make up the Building Automation Controls and HVAC Group. I came across this video and post from Una de Boer, the director of marketing at Delta Controls. Una is one of the bright, hardworking, thoughtful people in our Industry and does a wonderful job of answering my question. So, with her permission, please check out the following video and Una’s words from one of her LinkedIn posts.

Top US Cities With Exposed Niagara Systems20150813_Top10USCities. (Disclaimer – It is not the intent of this post to point out a particular BAS software vendor. The intent is to show that we, the system integrator, still have work ahead of us to do our part.) The information I list below I got by running a report on Shodan today (8/13/2015). And it didn’t cost a dime and I didn’t have to use any query language… just plain ole English. I opened the site (https://www.shodan.io/) and in the search bar I typed “niagara”.

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