It was Saturday, June 4, 1983, and President Ronald Reagan spent the day at Camp David (…) then, after dinner, settling in, as he often did, to watch a movie. That night’s feature was War Games, starring Matthew Broderick as a tech-whiz teenager who unwittingly hacks into the main computer at NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command, and, thinking that he’s playing a new computer game, nearly triggers World War III.
The following Wednesday morning, back in the White House, Reagan met the (…) staff (…) to discuss a new type of nuclear missile and the prospect of arms talks with the Russians. But he couldn’t get that movie out of his mind. At one point (…) he asked if anyone else had seen it. Nobody had (…) so he launched into a detailed summary of its plot. Some of the legislators looked around the room with suppresses smiles or arched eyebrows.
(…) three months earlier, Reagan had delivered his “Star Wars” speech calling on scientists to develop laser weapons that, in event of war, could shut down Soviet nuclear missiles as they darted toward America. The idea was widely dismissed as nutty. What was the old man up to now?
After finishing its synopsis, Reagan turned to General John Vessey (…) the U.S. military top officer, and asked, “Could something like this really happen? Could someone break into our most sensitive computers?” (...). One week later, the General came back to the White House with his answer. War Games (…) wasn´t at all far-fetched. “Mr. President”, he said, “the problem is much worse than you think”.
(…)."Fred Kaplan, “Dark Territory – The secret history of Cyber War”, Simon & Shuster Paperbacks (2016), pp. 1-2.
Security is one of the hardest values to preserve. Since remote times man lives in a permanent struggle for survival, and under constant threat. With the evolution of Humanity, individuals and families organized themselves into communities, in order to protect each other, and so live in peace.
We live nowadays in safer environments. But threats still remain. Our world is facing rapid changes, bringing new, unexplored opportunities – and risks. Threats are gaining new settings, different shapes, transforming themselves. Behind these threats are criminals, experts at remaining hidden from traditional security while exhibiting an intelligence, resiliency, and patience that has never been seen before.
You can ignore new threats are real. But we have to tell you: the most dangerous threats are now invisible.
VisionWare perceives Security as a whole. We can look after your critical assets. We may see what you don’t, bringing clarity to the dark sides of the force. We are aware that most of the traditional security subjects are not the ones that are keeping security professionals awake at night – that’s why we’re sponsoring the convergence of physical and IT/digital security, integrating all security concepts in just one.
We are shifting security approaches. We believe it’s not secure to establish a frontier between what it is physical and what its not. Today, a computer virus may halt a physical oil refinery or allow to steal the most value secrets of your innovation research. Cybercriminals may sell to your competitors your strategic plans, or even the prices you’re proposing in a public bid. They may block the doors on your buildings, or get access to video surveillance systems. The can encrypt your databases, demanding money as a rescue. Criminals can even find access to the most well-hidden personal secrets, placing your employees under blackmail and extortion. At the same time, we can monitor your expatriates with adequate equipment, linking procedures with technology. We can segregate your information flow, separating critical documents from those who aren’t relevant – we believe that shifting security approaches opens new opportunities to achieve your Security goals.
We’re ready to support you taking care of the Castle, but we believe our ultimate mission is to help you walking safe, outside, in the modern jungles of the New World. Modern threats, in a recent past, were just good science fiction stories – nowadays, they are real, occurring every day, affecting your neighbour or a company near you. You can ignore it, but be careful.
VisionWare operates on a specialized service framework in the following areas:
VisionWare owns a skilled team which allows it to establish an ongoing attitude towards its clients needs and demands, on the basis of international standards of reference. VisionWare and its team presents highly valued certifications, authenticating the experience and knowledge obtained over the years. Our consultants are accredited by the most relevant international ICT security certifications (ISC2 CISSP, ISACA CISM, BSI ISO/IEC 17799/27001 & BS25999 and ITIL), as well as EU-secret and NATO-Secret Security Clearance.
VisionWare was the first Portuguese company to be certificated by GNS (Portuguese National Office of Security). VisionWare participates actively in European groups of reference on information security, such as ASD (Aerospace and Defense), EOS (European Organization for Security) ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) and SMIG (Security Mission Industry Groups).
VisionWare Academy aims to respond to our clients demand, that in a consistent manner, are increasingly asking us Training activities, in the field of Security, Cyber-Security, Risk and Political Awareness.
VisionWare Academy will be launched soon.
VisionWare Innovation Lab is also involved in high-value innovation projects, within the European framework, such as:
VisionWare Innovation Lab maintains a permanent culture of innovation, always searching for new projects and opportunities to develop on its own motion or, preferably, together with its partners – companies, universities and research centres.
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