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OWASP NZ Training Day 2019-Threat Modelling From None to Done

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Threat Modelling: Getting from None to Done

Interactive Training -- OWASP New Zealand - Auckland Training Day 2019

This session offers participants an interactive introduction to Threat Modelling, based on the instructor's learning and experience over the past several years. A primary focus of this course is the introduction of threat modelling activities into your organisation's software development processes, to improve the overall quality and security of the applications we build.

As a recent "convert" to the application security world, your instructor is more or less a "journeyman" in the area of threat modelling, and has been gathering information from a variety of sources to come up with a practical approach to threat modelling in his organisation.

In addition to addressing key questions around the "Five Ws," the presentation will cover the "Four Questions" approach to developing a model, and include several interactive exercises to provide direct experience. Brief introductions to available modelling tools will also be included.

Learning Objectives

In this course, attendees can expect to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the motivations for, and benefits of, threat modelling
  • Learn the process for building a threat model, using the "four questions" approach
  • Learn how to introduce threat modelling into existing organisations, and development projects working with "legacy" applications
  • Learn the basics of using available tools to create and manage a threat model
  • Learn about integrating threat modelling into the software development lifecycle

Course Topics

The proposed outline for this course is as follows:

  • Introduction - Overview, and Initial Modelling Exercise
  • The Five Ws of Threat Modelling
  • Modelling Approach - The Four Questions
    • Case Study
  • Threat Actor Personas
  • Using Modelling Tools
    • Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool
    • OWASP Threat Dragon
    • Drawing Tools and Templates
  • Incremental Threat Modelling
  • Integration with the SDLC
    • Phase-based approaches ("waterfall")
    • Sprint-based approaches ("agile")

Course Details

Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 pm.

Course Fee: $500.00 (NZD)

Registration Site:

Location: University of Auckland School of Business, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland - Lower Level

Target Audience: Web Developers, Software Engineers, Application Security Professionals

Skill Level: Basic - All levels are welcome, no prior threat modelling or software development experience is assumed.

Required Materials: A laptop computer is not required for this class. If you wish, you can bring a laptop; power should be available, and WiFi access will be provided. For non-Windows computers, if you would like to install and use the Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool, a virtualisation tool (e.g., Virtual Box) and a Windows virtual machine will be needed.

Materials Provided: Each attendee will receive a copy of Adam Shostack's book Threat Modeling: Designing for Security, a deck of Elevation of Privilege cards, and other printed resources

Instructor: Dr. John DiLeo

Instructor's Organisation: OWASP New Zealand Chapter

Supporting Materials

Your Instructor

Dr. John DiLeo - John is the Auckland-area leader of the OWASP New Zealand Chapter, and is employed as the Application Security Architect at Orion Health, a global company specialising in health information software. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and managing the enterprise's software assurance progamme, with emphasis on governance, secure development practices, and security training. Before specialising in application security, John was active as a Java enterprise architect and Web application developer (mostly Java EE and LAMP). In an earlier life, John had specialised in developing discrete-event simulations of large distributed systems, in a variety of languages - including the Java-based language (FreeSML) he developed as part of his doctoral research. John is also a member of the core team for the OWASP Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM) Project, and of the OWASP Application Security Curriculum Project.