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Enterprise C-suite executives face many challenges presented by the digital age, and few are more significant than the mitigation of security threats and data breaches. A strong threat modeling tool is one that allows key stakeholders to design, visualize, predict, and plan for external and internal threats. Identifying and addressing threats can save organizations millions of dollars in the long run, and prevent massive brand corrosion and operational headaches immediately.

Threat modeling tools have evolved over time to meet the changing needs of the threat landscape.

Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool vs. ThreatModeler

Microsoft entered the threat modeling market with its free tool, Microsoft SDL in 2008. Microsoft later replaced this tool with Microsoft TMT (Threat Modeling Tool), a limited solution adopted by enterprises to safeguard them from cyber attacks and security breaches. This tool is founded upon STRIDE, a model developed by Microsoft for identifying potential threats. STRIDE is an acronym which represents the following threats:

  • Spoofing of User Identity
  • Tampering
  • Repudiation
  • Information Disclosure
  • Denial of Service
  • Elevation of Privilege

Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool uses data flow diagrams, an approach first adopted for threat modeling in 1970. The problem with this approach is that it oversimplifies the complex nature of modern security requirements for data since the world has adopted cloud technologies, microservices architecture, and API ecosystems. Consequently, Microsoft TMT doesn’t provide users with the tools required for successful threat modeling in today’s security climate. Another of its biggest drawbacks is its inability to perform in any computing environment other than Windows.

ThreatModeler is based on the VAST methodology for threat modeling. VAST stands for a more modern view of enterprise security standards:

  • Visual
  • Agile
  • Simple
  • Threat Modeling

Unlike Microsoft TMT, ThreatModeler is built for modern DevOps teams using agile methodologies and advanced technologies. ThreatModeler’s industry-leading software makes creating threat models at scale—meaning hundreds and even thousands of applications—possible. This begins by creating an architecture flow diagram of the threat model application within an intuitive user interface. Architecture diagrams allow developers and business executives who might not be security experts to contribute to the development of core security systems. ThreatModeler allows many departments within an organization to collaborate with CISOs and security experts to create a comprehensive threat model that incorporates many perspectives.

ThreatModeler also supports operational threat modeling, something which Microsoft TMT overlooks. Operational threat modeling is used to create a holistic view of the entire IT infrastructure by operations teams. Additionally, individual threat models can be chained together such that prescribing priority to your threat model applications becomes easier and more accurate.

To learn more about how your organization can identify security threats during the SDLC for faster, smarter, more secure application production, request a free 10-day evaluation of the ThreatModeler platform by filling out the form above.