Threat Modeling Platforms – Where to Start?

The cyber risk and security landscape is ever-changing. There are always new cyber criminals appearing and they are becoming increasingly relentless, innovating with every passing day. With established yet functionally diverse threat modeling platforms already available, deciding where to begin is not easy.

Utilizing threat modeling platforms in a business strategy is one of the key elements to get the required armor for any business. In simple terms, threat modeling is a systematic approach by which defenders understand their system from the perspective of potential attackers, thus eliminating threats at the design stage.

Right from data-flow diagrams to check-list based models to the recent adoption of predictive approaches to manage cyber risks, threat modeling has come a long way. Microsoft has always been a strong advocate of the threat modeling platform and makes it available via their “Microsoft TLE (Threat Modeling Tool),” a replacement to its predecessor, “Microsoft SDL (Secure Development Lifecycle).”

Although TLE has achieved a good degree of success, it runs primarily on Windows and focuses its use cases on Windows services and Azure cloud solutions. It also lacks scalability, requires security subject matter experts, produces static outputs, and is relatively resource intensive to use. It thus loses out where other platforms like the OWASP Threat Dragon have a lot to offer.

Although still in its nascent stage, OSWASP Threat Dragon has proved its mettle by providing easy to use solutions that can be adopted by a much wider audience of developers. Its open-source format aims to make threat modeling a reality in all organizations. However, the absence of the still in development rule engine forces the users to do a lot of the heavy lifting especially during the execution phase.

This key concern of lack of ease of usage can be eliminated by adopting ThreatModeler Software’s platform. Through its easy-to-understand dashboards and reports, threat data is presented in a format that is clear, concise, and actionable with role-based accessibility on a self-serve basis. Its unique architecturally-based framework also allows organizations to analyze and manage their comprehensive attack surface, including upstream threats and downstream impacts. It allows anyone – even non-security experts – to create threat models in minutes.

ThreatModeler’s automated, collaborative platform enables CISOs and other security executives to fully analyze their comprehensive attack surface with real-time situational visibility to help catch problems as they happen and predict when something is likely to go wrong. ThreatModeler Software recently introduced a Partner Program designed to specifically allow outsourced practitioners of smaller enterprises provide the best quality service to their customers on a scalable basis.

Comparing the leading Threat Modeling platforms, a good place to start is with the ThreatModeler. The extent to which threats are identified, prioritized and addressed varies greatly among platforms. No matter which platform is chosen, it is paramount to get the right visibility and tracking. ThreatModeler currently surpasses all other existing platforms on these crucial factors across a wide variety of clients, requirements and scenarios.

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Shruti Gupta is a writer and digital marketing consultant at Rankmebest.com. She has a passion for technology, startups and other business topics. She lives and breathes digital marketing, and has contributed to a number of famous websites. Her aim is to spread her thought-provoking ideas to all generations.