Security data can drive larger decisions about where an organization’s biggest business risks lie and how to best mitigate them. But two interwoven challenges prevent companies from drawing out that value: First, security teams are too overwhelmed by their data to analyze and use it effectively. Second, security leaders cannot translate that data and what it means to other executives and the board of directors.

With no way to efficiently analyze troves of data and alerts, security teams can’t effectively communicate to the business what the major risks are, where gaps in protection may exist and how to strengthen the overall security posture. The consequences of this are dangerous: If business leaders don’t take security risks seriously, it could impact investments in everything from brand building to business transformation and merger and acquisition activity. Alternatively, communicating the wrong data could lead to a false sense of security that leaves the organization at risk.

Security pros have to turn security data into meaningful insights that the C-suite understands. Doing so requires they gain a holistic view into security environments, identify the most actionable data and communicate metrics with enough context to inform major decisions. Here are five practical steps that can help guide security pros.

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