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Threat Modeling

By : Adam Shostack
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Threat Modeling

By: Adam Shostack

Overview of this book

As more software is delivered on the Internet or operates on Internet-connected devices, the design of secure software is critical. This book will give you the confidence to design secure software products and systems and test their designs against threats. This book is the only security book to be chosen as a Dr. Dobbs Jolt Award Finalist since Bruce Schneier?s Secrets and Lies and Applied Cryptography! The book starts with an introduction to threat modeling and focuses on the key new skills that you'll need to threat model and lays out a methodology that's designed for people who are new to threat modeling. Next, you?ll explore approaches to find threats and study the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Moving ahead, you?ll manage threats and learn about the activities involved in threat modeling. You?ll also focus on threat modeling of specific technologies and find out tricky areas and learn to address them. Towards the end, you?ll shift your attention to the future of threat modeling and its approaches in your organization. By the end of this book, you?ll be able to use threat modeling in the security development lifecycle and in the overall software and systems design processes.
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Chapter 4
Attack Trees

As Bruce Schneier wrote in his introduction to the subject, “Attack trees provide a formal, methodical way of describing the security of systems, based on varying attacks. Basically, you represent attacks against a system in a tree structure, with the goal as the root node and different ways of achieving that goal as leaf nodes” (Schneier, 1999).

In this chapter you'll learn about the attack tree building block as an alternative to STRIDE. You can use attack trees as a way to find threats, as a way to organize threats found with other building blocks, or both. You'll start with how to use an attack tree that's provided to you, and from there learn various ways you can create trees. You'll also examine several example and real attack trees and see how they fit into finding threats. The chapter closes with some additional perspective on attack trees.

Working with Attack Trees

Attack trees work well as a building block for threat...