The first step of the Input Wizard is your company information. It’s incredibly important to give as accurate details as possible when filling in any part of the Input Wizard otherwise your dashboard may not give an accurate picture of your organisation. Learn how to correctly fill out the details in this company information guide.
Start by adding your company name, select your number of employees from the drop-down range and then enter your main country of operations.
Then you’ll need to select your currency. The reason this is not automatically populated when you select your country is because many organisations will run analysis in a different country than their own. For example, your organisation may buy tech equipment in dollars but company trading is in Euros.
Select the currency that is default for your company, and note that Boardish currently only supports British pounds Stirling, Euros, and American Dollars.
Next, add in the annual company turnover for your organisation. In many cases you should be able to search for the company turnover online for the last year, or if you want a more current indication we recommend speaking to your financial officer. If in doubt, add in a ballpark figure but note that it can make a difference when it comes to your results.
Next move on to the employee information, here you’ll be figuring out which of your staff are most affected by various threats.
Put yourself in the position of assuming everything is not currently working. Which members of staff are completely dead in the water, which ones can figure out a workaround and still get some tasks done, and which are barely affected?
That’s how you work out your high, medium, and low impact users.
To use an example
Ransomware has ravaged the system of our imaginary hospitality company and everything is down in the office and restaurant. The accounts department can’t retrieve credit notes to suppliers, can’t access spreadsheets, have no access to databases and whilst they could get a calculator out and start number crunching they don’t have access to the data they need to do that because it’s on the computer as well.
So, that’s a high-impact user. Because you’ve basically had to send them home.
Now, a waiter who normally uses the online ordering system to the kitchen now has to go back to the old school paper and pen and tell guests that the restaurant isn’t accepting cards this evening.
That’s a medium-impact user. Because the waiters are able to adapt their job in order to still complete their main tasks but it’s made quite a bit harder and still impacts the experience side of their job role as well.
Lastly, you’ve had a hectic day dealing with this ransomware and the cleaning staff come in. The only thing they use technologically is to check their rota.
They are a low-impact user because they are able to almost entirely perform their job role without technology and the manager on shift can simply tell them who is in next.
This is the sort of depth you’ll need to consider to provide an accurate picture of the effects that threats will have on the organisation. Don’t forget that some user levels will be affected by others. For example, the manager on shift we told you about will have to start managing and organising rotas by hand, which can seriously impact one side of their job role even if they are normally focused on something else. So consider how the users interact when making your assessment of the impact. You can always come back and change it later.
Working out your workdays per year is simple if your organisation is open the traditional 9-5 for example it works out at around 260 working days per year give or take.
However if your company works weekends, evenings or year-round you’ll need to adjust the number to allow for this. Our hospitality organisation is open 280 days of the year.
Then move on to the average salary section. Don’t worry you don’t have to start snooping into people’s paychecks here, you can simple search online for the rough estimate of the types of salaries for your level of user.
In the example above I would search the average salary of accounting staff in the UK, the average salary of wait staff and the average salary of cleaning staff. Of course you may have different job roles bundled together so simply take an average across the group of job titles.
Now fill in the amount of years it would take you to recover from losing market positioning. For example, if you had ransomware and it wiped your systems out, it might take you several days to get back up and running, but in that time, news stories have been released about your organisation being compromised, your competitors are taking advantage and it might take a little longer.
But, there are cases where it’s different. For example if you’re a large tech company and you get compromised you’re losing a lot of faith from customers and even shareholders and this can seriously damage your bottom line. So you want to make sure that you’re taking into account all aspects of threats when considering your market positioning.
Don’t forget to click save and next before you progress to the next section. If you have any questions or concerns about filling in the company information section, feel free to ask a question in our online Facebook community or drop us an email.
Take everything away and Boardish is unlike anything else out there. It is essentially a tool that helps you show your IT threats and solutions in a way that the board will recognise. That’s why it’s perfect for IT budget proposals. You don’t have to use a spreadsheet or create confusing formulas, Boardish is responsive and allows you to quickly change information to run simulations and gather information based on your organisation as it stands right now.
Boardish also helps to:
To start, use your best guess! A lot of information can be found via the internet to get fairly accurate averages. That said, the more accurate the numbers, the more effective Boardish works! Don’t forget you can ask various departments for more information and use it as an excellent excuse to strike up a conversation with IT.
Boardish isn’t just designed for you to use for IT budgeting but helps IT professionals understand the type of answers they need for a full proposal and analysis. Not having all the answers is okay, it can help you start a conversation in your own organisation. You can also:
Boardish is currently still in Beta, so as with any new software, we’re doing our best to work out the kinks. If you discover a bug or you’re struggling to use Boardish. Please contact us directly or via the Facebook community so we can help you out.
A good point to remember is to pick the currency that your board is interested in! So, if you’ve never given financial numbers before you can ask a member of the finance department or even the CFO themselves. It’s important to note that boardish is about quantifying so you can make the board understand. Therefore it makes sense to use their currency preference.
Categorise them as the highest level of impact you feel they are. Boardish quantifies risks on the worst case possible and therefore the higher bracket will cover the risk for their entire job role.
We offer free consulting and assistance filling in Boardish for your organisation, so feel free to drop us an email and we can schedule a call to go through Boardish with you.