Adam Shostack will provide hands-on, instructor-led threat modelling training virtually. Adam’s qualifications and bio can be found in the Course Author section. After the Threat Modelling training, you will have the technical skills to threat model new technology designs in a consistent way. Adam is US based, this training is delivered virtually 2hrs a day over five days. (4pm - 6pm UK time).

Better threat modelling leads to:

  • Better secured products and organizations at a lower cost in a more predictable time frame.
  • More effective collaboration across security, development and operations.
  • Security having a seat at the design table.
  • A structured, systematic and comprehensive approach to security

Building on the materials and structure in Threat Modelling: Designing for Security Adam will provide engaging training, with a focus on presenting knowledge, exercising it to meet your learning goals, and putting it into your unique organizational context. We vary our training to suit organizational needs, from fast paced training for teams that love learning but want to get back to work to hands-on collaborative and guided learning that ensures no student is left with a question.

Each student will receive

  • A spiral-bound collection of slides
  • Threat modelling wallet cards
  • An Elevation of Privilege card deck
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Our courses and modules are generally designed for technical professionals. Our students often have deep technical security knowledge, but that is not a requirement. We’ve delivered versions of the training focused on the unique needs and tasks of software engineers, operations staff and human-factors professionals.

Target Audience

  • Application security engineers
  • Architects
  • Security leadership

Important Note

Please reserve an additional 2 hours daily for videos & homework.

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Learning Outcomes

For private classes, we work with each customer to select appropriate learning objectives.

  • How and why to threat model
  • How to use STRIDE to find threats
  • Why threat modelling should be the first — and last — security activity for a project

For every student a common baseline is:

  • Understand structures for delivering threat models
    • 4-question approach
    • Building-blocks within the questions
  • Apply the DFD approach to modelling
    • Data flow diagrams
    • Trust boundaries
  • Use the STRIDE approach to finding threats
  • Understand the Triangle model of threats, mitigations and requirements
  • Be able to integrate threats and risk tracking/acceptance into engineering work
  • Explain how threat modelling fits into security and overall engineering practices
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Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction, course overview, objectives
  • Consider and discuss expectations and goals
  • Hands on threat modelling with card deck
  • Dive in, understand key activities in a fun and supported way
  • Threat Modelling Lessons from Star Wars
  • Fun introduction to the topic, includes a level-set for those without formal TM experience
  • Lunch - Address threat of starvation, low blood sugar
  • What are we working on? Hands on experience modelling systems
  • What can go wrong?
  • Hands on experience with a variety of tools to answer “what goes wrong”

Day 2

  • What are we going to do about it?
  • Understand mitigations, controls, trade offs
  • Lunch - Address threat of starvation, low blood sugar
  • Did we do a good job?
  • Introspection, retrospectives, documentation
  • Know how to wrap up threat modelling, document it and move back to the rest of engineering
  • Wrap exercise Bring it all together
  • Bringing threat modelling into our engineering processes

Course Author

Adam Shostack is a consultant, entrepreneur, technologist, author and game designer. He helped found the CVE and a variety of start-ups. During his years at Microsoft, he was the threat modelling Program Manager for Microsoft’s SDL team from 2006-2009, created the Microsoft SDL Threat Modelling Tool (v3), the Elevation of Privilege threat modelling game, and fixed autorun. He has taught threat modelling at a wide range of commercial, non-profit and government organizations. He's a member of the BlackHat Review Board, is the author of Threat Modelling: Designing for Security, and the co-author of The New School of Information Security.

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QA is proud to be the official UK partner for Shostack Associates.

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