Developing a Threat Modeling Mindset presented at sourceseattle 2017

by Robert Hurlbut,

Summary : Nearly every day we hear about another compromise of a system that involves a breakdown of security. In many cases, the reason for compromise can be traced back to vulnerabilities that were not found or understood and not mitigated. The attacker(s) used those vulnerabilities to carry out threats against the system.
Threat modeling is a way of thinking about what can go wrong and how to prevent it. Instinctively, we all think this way in regards to our own personal security and safety. When it comes to building or evaluating information systems, we need to develop a similar mindset. In this session, you will learn practical strategies to develop a threat modeling mindset by: understanding a system, identifying threats, identifying vulnerabilities, determining mitigations and applying the mitigations through risk management.