S2 GRUPO IS, WITHOUT DOUBT, AN IMPRESSIVE SUCCESS STORY OF TWO VALENCIAN ENTREPRENEURS, JOSE MIGUEL ROSELL AND MIGUEL ANGEL JUAN, WHO IN 2003 KNEW HOW TO JOIN SYNERGIES IN ORDER TO REDIRECT THE ACTIVITY OF A VALENCIAN COMPANY IN THE IT AND COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR.
A company which is currently a national reference in Cyber-security and Cyber-intelligence and has developed the only national tools of cyber-defense, contributing formidably to the development of technologies that allow the Public Administration and strategic Companies a greater defense against cyber-threats.
After several transformations and various vicissitudes that lead the company to a very complicated situation, José Miguel Rosell and Miguel Ángel Juan, two entrepreneurs without personal wealth, with two completely different but complementary characters, with great entrepreneurial spirit, took control of the company in the summer of 2003. They committed themselves to developing a Valencian company with a 100% Spanish capital, independent, investor in talent, capable of developing national tools in the field of cyber-security, with its Operation Center in Valencia, and with the goal of having specialized operations worldwide.
In 2006 they boosted the certification of their own Management System of Information Security, again being the first Spanish company in the sector to be certified the ISO 27001. After this certification they designed an Integrated Management System and certified the benchmark ISO 9001, for the Quality Management System (2009), UNE 166002 (2010), for the R&D+i Management System , ISO 20000 (2012), IT Service Management System and ISO14001 (2013), for the Environmental Management System.
Thinking, moreover, that the company had to grow and professionalize itself, they sought, through the creation of the Advisory Board, the opinion of experts in various fields of business. Thus, in September 2010 the first meeting of the Advisory Board was held, consisting of five 5 external and 3 internal advisers. This board was in charge of defining the Strategic Plan for the period 2011-2014 which has been successfully developed in recent years.
In order to share and spread the knowledge they have gained on numerous R&D+i projects for the sake of an increasingly safer society, José Miguel Rosell and Miguel Ángel Juan, also created their blog SecurityArtwork with thousands of followers worldwide. This blog has enormous prestige in the Spanish speaking security world. In addition, a number of reports were published highly valued in the market for the volume of downloads it has. Specifically, there are two reports on their third edition: the first is on Security in Critical Infrastructures. The second is about security in games and online games, highly related to the security of groups such as minors.
From the very beginning they realized that the main tools of cyber-intelligence, surveillance and real-time monitoring of information systems were largely in hands of foreign companies and so decided to initiate the development of national tools that would enable them to provide services with their own technology. As S2 Group had no capital of their own to invest large amounts of money on these developments, they found the necessary support to carry them out in regional, national, and European subsidy and funding programs, always with great support from the local agencies of the Generalitat Valenciana, experts in the field. From 2005 to date S2 Grupo has successfully executed 36 R&D+i projects with a total personal investment of more than 8 million euros.
A notable milestone in this context was the concession of the first European project of the 7th Framework Program by the European Commission, as coordinators, in 2010. Fastfix was a project involving a total of 7 companies or European organizations, with a budget of about four million euros for its participants. Fastfix was not the last. In 2012, while the first project was still being developed, they were granted their second FP7 project as coordinators, MUSES. A project of almost five million euros, in which 9 European organizations or companies participated. An important fact worth emphasizing: a Valencian SME was leading the development of two FP7 projects as coordinator, handling about 9 million euros on behalf of the European Commission.
More than 10 years after the launch of the first product promoted by Miguel Ángel Juan and José Miguel Rosell, eMas® is the current suite for monitoring and managing company events, established in its Operations Center, Argópolis, and at many national and international companies.
Since that time, the result of the R&D+i activity of S2 Grupo and the joint development of tools with some clients, various platforms have been launched that work in different fields of security, as is the case of triton®, the operational intelligence platform or correlation of events of S2 Grupo, serp®, the digital surveillance platform in open sources, argos®, the monitoring system of security and availability in real time, hera®, the operations control panel of a service center in real time, o tike®, which monitors and controls the implementation of the various systems of security management that may be deployed in an organization. They all have numerous clients that monitor the security of their systems with these tools.
Today S2 Grupo is one of the leading national companies specialized in Cyber-Security and Operation of Mission Critical Systems. It is the only 100 % Spanish company in this area that uses 100 % its own technology and therefore National. Currently, with a growth of about 40 % in recent years, it has more than 170 professionals about 85% of the which is qualified staff, with degrees in computer engineering, telecommunications engineering and industrial engineering and numerous certifications both personal as business.
José Miguel Angel and Juan Miguel Rosell have strongly promoted the concept of innovation, designing tools and services that the company is currently marketing both domestically and internationally. They already have operational headquarters in Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, Bogota and Mexico F.D. and projects received from its customers in many parts of the world such as: South Africa, Mexico, USA, Netherlands, France, UK, Colombia, Brazil.
Among the customers of S2 Grupo are, among others, many of the companies in the IBEX 35, a large part of the Ministries, the CCN-CERT under the CNI, the Joint Command Cyberdefense, autonomous governments such as the Generalitat Valenciana and private companies in the main sectors: Banking, Insurance, Healthcare, Engineering, Technology, Education, etc.
As a result of the intense activity in R&D+i developed from its origins, the European Commission, in its program Horizon 2020 “SME Instrument”, has selected S2 Grupo as one of the 150 European companies Champions of Innovation with a very advanced technological project, CAPTOR, in the field of CyberIntelligence.
S2 Grupo has articulated its business into three main activities: audit projects and consulting, designed to assess the security of their customers and design protection systems specifically for their business, development of national products which increase protection capabilities, detection and cyber-security response, always with national technology, and provision of ongoing security management and operation of mission-critical systems, from specific centers 24 × 7 designed for this purpose.
These activities are developed mainly with the aim of improving the security of infrastructures supporting the Corporate Information Systems and Industrial Control Systems, although some teams and initiatives are already being prepared to address the Cyber-security Smart Cities (SmartCities) and the Internet of Things (IoT) world.
In early 2015, the S2-CERT (S2 Computer Emergency Response Team) received international recognition and is integrated into the international organization FIRST (www.first.org) as one of the 3 in Spain that are aimed at providing services to third parties.
Carmen 3.0 is the latest addition to the S2 Grupo catalog of solutions. Presented in December 2014 in the STIC conference of the National Intelligence Center, it is product of the collaboration between the two entities for the development of the first national capacity to detect Advanced Threats Persistent (APTs), the most dangerous and harmful category of malware created to date. This type of threats represents the most serious risk today to the States, Administrations, Strategic Companies and generally for any company whose knowledge has value. It is a kind of malware whose main objective is to steal secrets or knowledge and give it to a third party.
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