Threat Modeling Design for Security

We bring to light potential weaknesses in the design of your application

Threat modeling identifies the types of threat agents that cause harm and adopts the perspective of malicious hackers to see how much damage they can do. We look beyond the typical canned list of attacks to think about new attacks or attacks that may not have otherwise been considered.

Avoid four security sink holes

  1. Threats that exist beyond canned attacks
    Standard attacks don’t always pose a risk to your system. Perform a threat model to identify attacks that are unique to how your system is built.
  2. Where threat agents exist relative to the architecture
    Model the location of threat agents, motivations, skills, and capabilities to identify where potential attackers are positioned in relation to your system’s architecture.
  3. Top-N lists, attackers, and doomsday scenarios
    Create and update your threat models to keep frameworks ahead of internal or external attackers relevant to your applications.
  4.  Components that need additional protection
    Highlight assets, threat agents, and controls to determine which components attackers are most likely to target.

The best way to stop a hacker is to think like one

We adjust to fit your needs

We recognize that every organization has a different risk profile and tolerance, so we tailor our approach to your needs and budget. Our holistic threat modeling approach consists of two essential steps:

  1. We review the system’s major software components, security controls, assets, and trust boundaries.
  2. We then model those threats against your existing countermeasures and evaluate the potential outcomes.

6 benefits of threat modeling

When you’re serious about security, threat modeling is the most effective way to: 

  1. Detect problems early in the SDLC—even before a single line of code is written.
  2. Spot design flaws that traditional testing methods and code reviews might overlook.
  3. Evaluate new forms of attack that might not otherwise be considered.
  4. Maximize your testing budget by helping you target your testing and code review.
  5. Identify holes in your requirements process.
  6. Save money by remediating problems before releasing software and performing costly code rewrites.

Threat models include:

  • Assets prioritized by risk
  • Threats prioritized by likelihood
  • Attacks most likely to occur
  • Current countermeasures likely to succeed or fail
  • Remediation measures to reduce the threats