Microsoft communicates information about these vulnerabilities using two graphics.
The first is "Severity and Exploitability Index":
The second is "Bulletin Deployment Priority":
I'm not even going to start a discussion about why the first chart shows "risk" and then "impact" (isn't impact a component of risk?) I'm also not going to dwell about how the first column of the second chart has been "overloaded" to include only a small bit of information on the code affected, rather that prominently communicating that data in a column of its own.
Instead, I'd like to know who else finds this sort of red-yellow-blue presentation to be an assault on your senses? I mean, at the very least, isn't all the information from the top chart present in the bottom chart (despite more lovely coloring?)
In contrast to that communication method, I'd like to highlight content from a related Microsoft blog post titled Breaking up the Romance between Malware and Autorun. Why do I like this post? Check out this table:
Why do I like it?
- It shows 40 numbers. What you say? It only shows 36? I consider the NULL values to be valuable too because they demonstrate Microsoft wasn't tracking those malware families yet, or they didn't exist, etc.
- It identifies 10 malware families.
- It shows trends over time.
- The results are ranked by totals for 2H10.
- Nothing is colored RED to tell me THIS IS BAD.
I like to see content like that table because it treats the viewer like an adult who can at least read at the level of the sports pages in the newspaper, as the great Tufte says.