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The only security book to be chosen as a Dr. Dobbs Jolt Award Finalist since Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies and Applied Cryptography!
Adam Shostack is responsible for security development lifecycle threat modeling at Microsoft and is one of a handful of threat modeling experts in the world. Now, he is sharing his considerable expertise into this unique book. With pages of specific actionable advice, he details how to build better security into the design of systems, software, or services from the outset. You'll explore various threat modeling approaches, find out how to test your designs against threats, and learn effective ways to address threats that have been validated at Microsoft and other top companies.
Systems security managers, you'll find tools and a framework for structured thinking about what can go wrong. Software developers, you'll appreciate the jargon-free and accessible introduction to this essential skill. Security professionals, you'll learn to discern changing threats and discover the easiest ways to adopt a structured approach to threat modeling.
- Provides a unique how-to for security and software developers who need to design secure products and systems and test their designs
- Explains how to threat model and explores various threat modeling approaches, such as asset-centric, attacker-centric and software-centric
- Provides effective approaches and techniques that have been proven at Microsoft and elsewhere
- Offers actionable how-to advice not tied to any specific software, operating system, or programming language
- Authored by a Microsoft professional who is one of the most prominent threat modeling experts in the world
As more software is delivered on the Internet or operates on Internet-connected devices, the design of secure software is absolutely critical. Make sure you're ready with Threat Modeling: Designing for Security.
--David Mortman, CSO-in-Residence Echelon One, former CSO Siebel Systems
Why is information security so dysfunctional? Are you wasting the money you spend on security? This book shows how to spend it more effectively. How can you make more effective security decisions? This book explains why professionals have taken to studying economics, not cryptography--and why you should, too. And why security breach notices are the best thing to ever happen to information security. It’s about time someone asked the biggest, toughest questions about information security. Security experts Adam Shostack and Andrew Stewart don’t just answer those questions--they offer honest, deeply troubling answers. They explain why these critical problems exist and how to solve them. Drawing on powerful lessons from economics and other disciplines, Shostack and Stewart offer a new way forward. In clear and engaging prose, they shed new light on the critical challenges that are faced by the security field. Whether you’re a CIO, IT manager, or security specialist, this book will open your eyes to new ways of thinking about--and overcoming--your most pressing security challenges. The New School enables you to take control, while others struggle with non-stop crises.
- Better evidence for better decision-making
Why the security data you have doesn’t support effective decision-making--and what to do about it
- Beyond security “silos”: getting the job done together
Why it’s so hard to improve security in isolation--and how the entire industry can make it happen and evolve
- Amateurs study cryptography; professionals study economics
What IT security leaders can and must learn from other scientific fields
- A bigger bang for every buck
How to re-allocate your scarce resources where they’ll do the most good