Investigate: protection against unwanted influences

Solvay works with advanced materials and speciality chemicals and is committed to the development of solutions to important societal challenges. With 24,000 employees across 61 countries, Solvays innovates and works together with clients in a diverse range of end markets. Consider, for example, products found in planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, medical applications etc.

The Solvay sites are located in both high-risk and low-risk areas. For Solvay, it is important to be able to clearly identify, 24/7, what the risk classifications are for each site. In doing so, they can determine the measures that need to be taken to protect the sites from unwanted external influences (break-in, sabotage, terrorism etc.). Together, we identified the desired destination: to have a clear digital picture of all security risks for each site, with the obtaining and management of this data automized as much as possible.

Organize: correct security classification through the use of algorithms

Together with Solvay, we took up the challenge, starting with configuring the necessary question structure for the survey. This allowed us to set up the complex algorithms required for the system to deliver the correct security classification. We were able to achieve this by fully immersing ourselves in this field.

Develop: security vulnerability self-assessment web application

We translated the information gained from the previous steps into the security vulnerability self-assessment web application. The site security manager of the relevant site fills in the organization-specific survey, and the global head of security receives a fully automated report of the risks. What’s more, he/ she also directly receives suggestions for improvement and cost saving proposals. The auditor can also view the survey completed by the site security manager, and check the responses using the special auditor function. This provides the certainty that the survey has been filled in correctly. The application can be used for various assessments that have their own questionnaires and specific components. Consider, for example, different types of location, sales, industrial or warehousing. What makes this extra innovative is the opportunity to analyse the big data, through which unique insights are obtained into the opportunities for maximizing the security of the sites.

With this, Solvay now has a web application which is used worldwide to create a crystal-clear picture of site security and to make decisions on this basis, leading to maximum improvement.

Techniques used: JDI backoffice in Play framework, JDI boilerplate in VueJS, Webpack and Zabbix monitoring.

Optimize: optimum security level

The security level that Solvay has achieved with the security vulnerability self-assessment web application is maintained through the company's continuous exploration of the opportunities still to be tapped into.