Archives For Threat Modeling

Mitigations, oh my!

February 27, 2020 — Leave a comment

The main goal of Threat Modeling is to identify the right mitigations to be implemented to minimize the risk. This is the first article to be completed next time, introducing the most important characteristics required to make the best choice when selecting mitigations for your Threat Modeling engagements.

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Bug Bar and STRIDE-based calibration may allow to prioritize threats in a more balanced way. So, let’s see how to do that in practice.

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The Residual Risk

February 13, 2020 — Leave a comment

Residual Risk is our ultimate goal when we Threat Model, is it? The article discusses what our goal really is and the role of mitigations in achieving it.

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How to define quality for Threat Models? The article provides some key characteristics that would improve the usefulness of your Threat Models, and as a result would improve their quality.

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Nothing is less clear than what is Quality for Threat Models, but for sure it must provide an experience that gives you more or at least a different value than what is provided by other approaches. Automation may look like the answer, but it is not. We still need to give proper relevance to the ingenuity of the Threat Modeling expert.

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Security is my passion and prevention is my mission, so in the last 5 years or so my work has mostly gravitated around Threat Modeling. The notes you read are exactly about this topic and introduce you to the latest experiences and considerations around the art.
This is the first article of a series where I am collecting the lessons learned and new ideas, which are part of what in Microsoft we call Threat Modeling vNext.

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The Microsoft Product Group responsible for the development of Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool has just shipped the new version, which includes a number of bug fixes and a shiny new template for Azure, with even more stencils and threats.

You can find the announcement here:

Congratulations to the Team!