As cool as complex visualization techniques may be, don't discount the impact of standard charting. Simple methods like bar charts, box plots, and color-coded risk ranking can still play an important role in communicating data.
"Much of the work that gets a lot of attention is complex, interactive infographics or heatmaps or multiconnection, 20-variable graphs. I contend that simplicity is best," says Michael Roytman, data scientist for Risk IO. "Our most effective dashboarding techniques are as simple as they come -- bar charts and histograms, benchmarking line plots, and simple numerical scores for comparison."
Shown here is a vulnerability scoring system done by his firm.
Image Source: Risk IO