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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 with threat modeling

Threat modeling defines your entire attack surface by identifying:

  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.

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

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 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.
Threat Modeling

6 benefits of threat modeling

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

Dig deeper into threat modeling

Learn more about how threat modeling can improve your security profile.

Threat modeling fits no matter where you are in the process

Threat modeling fits no matter where you are in the process

Including threat modeling early in the software development process can ensure your organization is building security into your applications. For applications that are further along in development or currently launched, it can help you pinpoint the need for additional security testing.