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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tool to take the pain out of threat modeling

Can you tell I'm getting caught up on talking about some neat security tools worth checking out!? Well, here's another one: Amenaza's SecurITree that I first wrote about in my book Hacking For Dummies, 2nd edition. It's a decision support tool you can use to analyze specific threats to your business and the likelihood of attack. Threat modeling is something that many people do in their head "qualitatively" (or not at all) but SecurITree helps you do more detailed "quantitative" analysis so you can drill down into the specifics.

The following are some screenshots of SecurITree with a sample decision tree loaded for analyzing home burglaries:

SecurITree's main interface showing the sample attack tree:


Drilling down to edit specific node data:


The process gets pretty technical and it's not for the faint of heart but the good news is that it's built-in Help explains just what you need to know.

SecurITree's Help window:


If you need details on which threats matter and the level of risk your business is up against, and don't know where to start you've got to check out SecurITree. This process can take some time, and as the folks at Amenaza admit, this process isn't foolproof but it could be well worth your investment.

While we're on the subject, check out this article I wrote on threat modeling.

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