Vulnerable Self Assessment Tool for Businesses
Self Assessment Toolkit has been launched for Businesses.
Toolkit will protect your business against terrorism
CHESHIRE businesses were invited to a free launch by Cheshire Police to demonstrate a new tool that will help develop security, and build resilience to a terrorist attack.
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office with the support of local Counter Terrorism Security Advisors, launched the Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool city centre on Tuesday 13th September.
Guest speakers were Merseyside Assistant Chief Constable Andy
Ward, Head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit Detective
Superintendent Tony Porter and Chairman of the North West Business
Continuity Forum Jim McAlister.
In addition there was an explanation and demonstration of the VSAT tool.
The VSAT is an online tool aimed at small to medium enterprises that may not have necessarily considered themselves as, or even 'part of' a crowded place or being vulnerable to an attack.
The VSAT programme offers a fast, free method to assess a
business, ensuring business resilience.
The launch demonstrated how businesses and staff can use the VSAT tool to best prepare against the threat by assessing and improving security and business continuity
Developed by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office in partnership with leading businesses across the UK, VSAT assiss owners, operators and those responsible for the security of crowded places to determine their vulnerability to terrorist attack and other security concerns
The online self assessment consists of a number of questions and will provide an understanding of what is needed to be put in place to reduce vulnerability to attack.
The online assessment will also produce a list of recommendations. In order to protect businesses interests and commercial sensitivities the report is only available to the individual user.
The VSAT will provide:
• Signposting to best practice
• 12 months Business Continuity Management tool
• Increased local engagement with police security experts (Counter Terrorism Security
• Training Opportunities
• Written assessment report with recommendations covering, Physical Security,
Personnel Security, Information Security, Good House Keeping and Risk Management
VSAT will provide a means to identify and reduce the vulnerability to businesses across Cheshire and help protect our communities.
VSAT is aimed at those responsible for security of Education, Health, Hotels and Restaurants, Major Events, Places of Worship, Cinemas and Theatres, Commercial Centres, Stadia and Arenas, Shopping Centres, Retail, Visitor Attractions and Bar, Clubs and Pubs.
To register for the VSAT email firstname.lastname@example.org
all that is required is an email address and description of your
business. You will then receive by email you log on details for the
VSAT website, it is just a matter of completing the survey and
receiving your automated report.
If you require further advice you contact your local CTSAs on the above email address or ring 01606 36 2121.
Andy Priest LCGI
Counter Terrorism Security Advisor
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is VSAT?
A. The Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool is a national online security questionnaire that is aimed at business.
The questionnaire once complete will generate a security report that will advise the business on how to reduce their vulnerability to a terrorist incident.
Q. Which businesses can complete a VSAT questionnaire?
A. VSAT is aimed at those businesses within Education, Health, Hotels and Restaurants, Major Events, Places of Worship, Cinemas and Theatres, Commercial Centres, Stadia and Arenas, Shopping centres, Retail, Visitor Attractions and Bar, Clubs and Pubs.
Q. Who should complete the VSAT questionnaire?
A. Anyone who has knowledge about the security of the site or business.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. It is free of charge and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete
Q. What benefits will business receive from VSAT?
A. They will receive a bespoke security report identifying their
vulnerability and advice
on how to reduce that vulnerability, helping to protect their business and the
Q. What will be included in the report?
A. The report will give advice on:
Good housekeeping and Risk Management
Q. Will I get help in the future after completing the VSAT?
A. Yes, you will be given access to your local Counter Terrorism
Security Advisor who
will be able to give you further security advice and you will receive free of charge a
twelve month Business Continuity Management tool.
Q. How easy is it to register for VSAT?
A. Registration is easy, email email@example.com,
they will register you with
the VSAT site and you will then receive an email asking you to log on and set your
Q. Where can I receive more information about VSAT?
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