Threat Modeling Software: Identifying Threats Earlier in the SDLC

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Identifying security threats after the design phase of software and applications can lead to time-consuming back and forth between security, DevOps, and Quality Assurance (QA) teams. Delays in production leave developers to continually backtrack and manage newly found security threats, wasting additional effort in the process.

With the use of threat modeling software, threats can be detected and mitigated early on in the software development lifecycle (SDLC), during the initial development stages, saving organizations valuable time and effort.

Modern application threat modeling software following the VAST methodology provides actionable outcomes for DevOps teams to easily conduct risk assessments and address security threats throughout the SDLC. The VAST threat modeling methodology is vital for DevOps security because it is founded on the idea that threat modeling is only useful if it encompasses the entire SDLC, throughout the whole organization.

By aligning the operational and application threat modeling process to provide organizations with a holistic approach to mitigating threats, threat modeling software becomes a robust DevOps tool essential to the development of secure applications.

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Threat Modeling Software Benefits for DevOps

In addition to the faster production of applications, here are some key benefits for why organizations are rapidly integrating threat modeling software into their SDLC:

1. Operational Visibility

Threat modeling software provides organizations with holistic visibility into the operational environment to quickly uncover potential threats, while automation tools detect real-time cyber attack activity. DevOps teams gain greater operational visibility for precisely which applications or components are vulnerable to cyber threats while applying real-time threat intelligence insights to address new threats.

2. Quality Assurance

With enhanced operational visibility, organizations can drastically improve DevOps quality assurance as teams gain clarity into security issues while applications are in the design phase and throughout the development lifecycle. Threat modeling software also reduces network-scanner false positives, meaning security teams can identify and concentrate on proactively designing QA tests before applications are coded.

3. Improved Application Security

Implementing automated threat modeling software improves application security by leveraging an automated threat intelligence framework to quickly build and update threat models for new applications or DevOps projects. When implemented across the production portfolio, DevOps teams can identify up to 99% of potential SAST (Static Application Security Testing) and DAST (Dynamic Application Security Testing) issues before application coding begins.

4. Improved Collaboration

Modern threat modeling software, like the ThreatModeler platform, goes a step further, using process flow diagrams to display threat models in an easy-to-understand format. These visuals are less complex than traditional data-flow diagrams, improving visibility and comprehension of threat models for developers and non-security professionals, so they can incorporate security into the SDLC more effectively.

Improved understanding of threat models and cyber risk management allows senior management, security specialists, and software developers to better collaborate on effective prioritization and mitigation of threats. This alignment on organization-wide security increases the awareness of security across the organization, regardless of expertise.

Application Threat Modeling Software

ThreatModeler is an automated threat modeling solution that strengthens an enterprise’s SDLC by identifying, predicting and defining threats across all applications and devices in the operational IT stack. Security and DevOps teams are empowered to make proactive decisions from holistic views and data analytics of their attack surface, enabling enterprises to minimize their overall risk.

To learn more about how your organization can identify security threats during the SDLC for faster, smarter, more secure application production, request a free evaluation of the ThreatModeler platform or contact us to speak with an application threat modeling expert today.

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