Tridium’s Niagara Framework

Connectivity . . . and risks

Niagara software has dramatically eased remote control of millions of devices, but the technology also created new vulnerabilities. Related story: Marvel of connectivity illustrates new risks

The software transforms disparate computer "protocols" into a common language, enabling remote-control monitoring and
data collection around the globe,
using a standard Web browser.

A recent examination by "white hat" hackers revealed serious security flaws in Niagara software and the way that users configure their systems. The hackers recently reported their findings to the Department of Homeland Security, which contacted Tridium. The firm is now making fixes and telling customers more about the risks in cyberspace.

Niagara helps to control a gowing array of essential devices and sensors

Irrigation pumps, chemical sensors, WiFi, security cameras, building access, airport devices, parking control.

Data center climate control, power meters, federally funded smart-grid programs.

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, curtains, security, home entertainment and other services in homes and high-rise apartment buildings.

Lighting, utilities, gas pumps, wastewater, refrigeration, food ovens, beverage dispensers, fire detection, security.

Essential services in buildings housing the Defense Department, FBI, IRS, DEA, General Services Administration, U.S. Attorney's Office.

SOURCES: Tridium, staff reports
GRAPHIC: Patterson Clark and Robert O'Harrow Jr. - The Washington Post. Published July 11, 2012.