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Would my IT business benefit from a First Stage Web Assessment?

As anyone working within the sector will already know, IT and cyber companies are commonly a target in cybercrime attacks.

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Whether it is stealing code, sensitive data or using them as part of a supply chain attack, the IT sector need to be aware of and take action to build their own cyber resilience. Websites are important for all businesses, but they also provide a route into your network for cyber criminals.


A successful cyber-attack is the last thing that you need, with the cost in time, money, and reputation, particularly in a sector that many would expect to be better equipped to deal with criminals online.


What is an FSWA and how can it help my business?

The First Step Web Assessment (FSWA) is a service that conducts a light touch assessment of your website’s security setup. The current fee for the service is only £180.00 and has been set to reflect that.

We will usually look to turn this service round in a few weeks and all we need is your website address (URL) to get going.


Our team use both passive and active reconnaissance techniques to assess your website, looking at how a cybercriminal would identify a vulnerable site. Passive reconnaissance seeks to gain information about your site without actively engaging with it, identifying outdated components and software that has been used to build it. The service then undertakes active reconnaissance through the use of automated scans to identify vulnerabilities not found through the initial tests.


You will then receive a short non-technical report (2-3 pages) to show any risks found on the site. The report will allow you to consider the risk and encourage further discussion with the site's developer/IT/host provider to help bolster your security further.



What should I do now?

  1. Here at the centre, we would recommend that you consider joining our community today as one of our growing number of free core members. You will be supported through implementing the changes you need to make to protect your organisation.

  2. Take a look at the First Step Web Assessment service and find out what you need to do next to make your business a no-go zone for cyber criminals.

Reporting a live cyber-attack 24/7

If you are a business, charity or other organisation which is currently suffering a live cyber-attack (in progress), please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 immediately. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Reporting a cyber-attack which isn't ongoing

Please report online to Action Fraud, the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.


You can report cybercrime online at any time using the online reporting tool, which will guide you through simple questions to identify what has happened.


Action Fraud advisors can also provide the help, support, and advice you need. Alternatively, you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 (textphone 0300 123 2050).

The contents of this website are provided for general information only and are not intended to replace specific professional advice relevant to your situation. The intention of The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East is to encourage cyber resilience by raising issues and disseminating information on the experiences and initiatives of others. Articles on the website cannot by their nature be comprehensive and may not reflect most recent legislation, practice, or application to your circumstances. The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East provides affordable services and Trusted Partners if you need specific support. For specific questions please contact us.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East does not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this document. The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East is not responsible for the content of external internet sites that link to this site or which are linked from it.

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