Threat Modeling – Designing for Security

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The only security book to be chosen as a Dr. Dobbs Jolt Award Finalist since Bruce Schneier′s Secrets and Lies and Applied Cryptography!

Adam Shostack is responsible for security development lifecycle threat modeling at Microsoft and is one of a handful of threat modeling experts in the world. Now, he is sharing his considerable expertise into this unique book. With pages of specific actionable advice, he details how to build better security into the design of systems, software, or services from the outset. You′ll explore various threat modeling approaches, find out how to test your designs against threats, and learn effective ways to address threats that have been validated at Microsoft and other top companies.
Systems security managers, you′ll find tools and a framework for structured thinking about what can go wrong. Software developers, you′ll appreciate the jargon–free and accessible introduction to this essential skill. Security professionals, you′ll learn to discern changing threats and discover the easiest ways to adopt a structured approach to threat modeling.


  • Provides a unique how–to for security and software developers who need to design secure products and systems and test their designs
  • Explains how to threat model and explores various threat modeling approaches, such as asset–centric, attacker–centric and software–centric
  • Provides effective approaches and techniques that have been proven at Microsoft and elsewhere
  • Offers actionable how–to advice not tied to any specific software, operating system, or programming language
  • Authored by a Microsoft professional who is one of the most prominent threat modeling experts in the world

As more software is delivered on the Internet or operates on Internet–connected devices, the design of secure software is absolutely critical. Make sure you′re ready with Threat Modeling: Designing for Security.


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ISBN-13: 9781118809990
ISBN-10: 1118809998
Pagini: 624
Ilustrații: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
Dimensiuni: 187 x 240 x 35 mm
Greutate: 1.02 kg
Editura: Wiley
Locul publicării: Hoboken, United States

Public țintă

Primary audience: security professionals, security architects, security engineerspenetration testers, security operations, IT audit; software developers who have to design secure systems and products
Secondary audience: professional IT administrators such as systems managers, systems administrator, and network adminsistrator, those who have responsibilities for security that goes way beyond patch management

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Use threat modeling to enhance software security
If you re a software developer, systems manager, or security professional, this book will show you how to use threat modeling in the security development lifecycle and in the overall software and systems design processes. Author and security expert Adam Shostack puts his considerable expertise to work in this book that, unlike any other, details the process of building improved security into the design of software, computer services, and systems from the very beginning.


  • Find and fix security issues before they hurt you or your customers
  • Learn to use practical and actionable tools, techniques, and approaches for software developers, IT professionals, and security enthusiasts
  • Explore the nuances of software–centric threat modeling and discover its application to software and systems during the build phase and beyond
  • Apply threat modeling to improve security when managing complex systems
  • Manage potential threats using a structured, methodical framework
  • Discover and discern evolving security threats
  • Use specific, actionable advice regardless of software type, operating system, or program approaches and techniques validated and proven to be effective at Microsoft and other top IT companies



Introduction xxi
Part I Getting Started 1
Chapter 1 Dive In and Threat Model! 3
Chapter 2 Strategies for Threat Modeling 29
Part II Finding Threats 59
Chapter 3 STRIDE 61
Chapter 4 Attack Trees 87
Chapter 5 Attack Libraries 101
Chapter 6 Privacy Tools 111
Part III Managing and Addressing Threats 123
Chapter 7 Processing and Managing Threats 125
Chapter 8 Defensive Tactics and Technologies 145
Chapter 9 Trade–Off s When Addressing Threats 167
Chapter 10 Validating That Threats Are Addressed 189
Chapter 11 Threat Modeling Tools 203
Part IV Threat Modeling in Technologies and Tricky Areas 215
Chapter 12 Requirements Cookbook 217
Chapter 13 Web and Cloud Threats 243
Chapter 14 Accounts and Identity 253
Chapter 15 Human Factors and Usability 293
Chapter 16 Threats to Cryptosystems 333
Part V Taking It to the Next Level 353
Chapter 17 Bringing Threat Modeling to Your Organization 355
Chapter 18 Experimental Approaches 385
Chapter 19 Architecting for Success 407
Appendix A Helpful Tools 421
Appendix B Threat Trees 429
Appendix C Attacker Lists 477
Appendix D Elevation of Privilege: The Cards 501
Appendix E Case Studies 511
Glossary 533
Bibliography 543
Index 567

Notă biografică

Adam Shostack is a principal program manager on Microsoft s Trustworthy Computing Team. His experience as an operational systems manager and product developer at companies from startups to Microsoft ensures this book is practical and grounded. He helped found the CVE, the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, and more.