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Application Threat Modelling

Threat modelling is the proactive process of identifying potential risks and threats to your product. This approach allows you to create tests and countermeasures in order to respond to these potential threats. Threat modeling for cybersecurity is a rapidly evolving discipline and should be part of your development cycle

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Overview

Cybersecurity threats are ever-evolviung. Threat modelling plays an active defence role in optimizing security by identifying and mitigate threats within the context of the target asset i.e. an application. 

Threat Modelling is crucial for secure software development. It is important that the team responsible for developing a software get the necessary and correct understanding of how to do it. Threat Modeling helps your architecture team to:

  • Accurately determine attack surface for the application
  • Help assign risks to the identified threats and
  • Prepare for the vulnerability mitigation process ahead

Key Benefits

Implement application security during the design phase itself have several benefits which includes:

  • Understanding and determining key risks during the design phase
  • Balance risks and usability right from the start
  • Document potential threats, mitigation for software development and security teams
  • Contribute towards risk management
  • Identify and prioritize threat mitigation efforts considering acceptable risks 
  • Involve stake holders at the early stage and encourage collaboration
  • Update stakeholders on the progress from the output of threat model
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Methodology

Implement Mitigations

Based on the threat, attack possiblity and risk evaluation, the final phase would be to plan and implement your mitigations within the threat model itself. 

Define any additional conditions

These conditions would be around each attack required for it to be successful

Determine the risk

The risk evaluation for each attack would help prioirtise the mitigation as the threat model matures for the application 

Identify attacks

Attacks that can be used to realise each threat with in the help of threat trees and abuse cases would be part of the modeling process

Identify threats

Determining threats that put the assets identified to risk is a key phase during this modeling process

Create Trust boundaries

Trust boundary is the boundary between trust level or privilege as the data flow through the application.

Create activity matrix

Activity matrix would involve the following:

Iidentifying key assets,

Identifying the roles within the application

Identifying how these components interact with each other

Understand application security requirement

  1. With the help of scenarious, create boundaries around the application of the security problem that exist. 
  2. Identify external dependences such as underlying operating system, network communication protocols, web server supporting the application and / or backend database used.
  3. Define security assumptions made during the requirements phase.

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Thorough Analysis and Reporting

Our reports are comprehensive and include all the evidence that supports our findings. We give you a risk rating that considers how likely an attack is as well as the impact it could have. We don’t create panic scenarios. Our mitigation is detailed, covering both strategic and tactical areas to help our clients prepare a remediation plan.

Custom tools and scripts

Apart from the range of commercial and open source tools available for specific testing, our team has its own custom scripts for efficient testing. We provide accurate results to make sure our clients completely understand any vulnerabilities we report.

In-house experts

Our teams are led by veteran security consultants accredited by CREST standards for the last several years. Our experience shows that our clients are best served by giving them the right advice for their cyber security needs. We do not believe in spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt to generate more business.

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