The professionals charged with leading their organization’s IT security strategy know they will never have enough budget or resources to ward off the biggest threats to their data assets. Given today’s heightened state of alert, business leaders think they need the latest security technology in order to protect the company from sophisticated attacks. However, they are getting too stuck in the weeds. To thrive in this turbulent period requires the IT security leader to operate from a confident, proactive stance rather than existing in a constant reactionary state assessing new, trendy, short-term solutions. With accountability to the board and senior management, it is time for today’s security-focused leaders to change their mindset and get out in front of the issues with the strategies and actions guaranteed for success.