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RE: Threat Modelling
From: brennan stewart <brennan () ideahamster org>
Date: 22 May 2004 13:30:33 -0400

The tools used for Risk Management in certification & accreditation
(NIACAP/DITSCAP) are very effective for threat modeling. Some of them
are high level, and others can be technical. The problem with them
though, is their extreme price tags, proprietary content, lack of
component re-usability, and perhaps some information wouldn't be to the
technical level security professionals would require.  They also don't
have the level of integration that is really vital.

While I know the initial thread was discussing Threat Modeling, it
appears there is a huge gap in the comprehensive risk assessment/threat
management arena (even with commercial software)

It would appear that an open source solution would fit the bill for
this. My ideas would take it far past mere threat modeling though for a
more complete, quantitative picture of risk, mitigations, dollar
amounts, residual risk, etc.

Some sample requirements:
Asset detailing, currency value assignment
Complete threat listing, in DB
Attacks\exposures\etc matched to the OSVDB (maybe the legacy CVE/ICAT
also)
Logic to understand system configurations (Linux/Unix/Windows/Cisco/etc)
preloaded with sample hardening, and scoring mechanisms (NIST 800
series)
Logic to understand policies + DB
Logic to understand legal requirements + DB (swap requirements by
country/business/etc)
Network aggregation
Then, some nice reporting functions to top it off
(continued)

I know many of these data sources exist already individually.

regards,

Brennan


On Fri, 2004-05-21 at 04:58, Brewis, Mark wrote:
-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Curphey [mailto:mark () curphey com]

CRAMM is a general / generic Risk Assessment tool for 
information securtity.

For those who don't know, CRAMM is a high-level tool designed to model risk at the physical, policy and procedural 
level, rather than the technical. Early versions were difficult to use, and even harder to interpret.  The ISO 17799 
aligned version is far more powerful, although it needs someone skilled to drive it.

A more technical, network-level risk assessment/threat modelling tool back in the late 1990's was the L3 Network 
Security Expert/Retriever, a (for the time) sophisticated network mapping and risk analysis system . It was bought by 
Symantec about 2000 and fairly promptly disappeared.  If I remember correctly, you were able to define any type of 
custom threats and countermeasures, and model them with a reasonable level of granularity.  I only ever used it to 
model systems, rather than applications, but it was a really interesting hybrid tool.

Both tools use/used some variation of the standard:    

*     Define Assets
*     Define Vulnerabilities
*     Define Threats
*     Define Mitigation Strategies

within

*     Technical
*     Management
*     Operational

Risk-Remediation areas.

Neither of these addresses your requirements (particularly L3, since it appears to have gone), although I think the 
L3 tool(s) came closest.  There isn't anything I know of that even comes close to doing some of this, never mind 
everything.  Most of the case and sequence diagrams I've seen have been manually defined and Visio drawn 
(paradoxically, probably the main utility that helped kill off L3 Expert/Retriever).  Risk modelling has been 
extrapolated from those, in a generally ad hoc fashion.

In many respects, I think you've answered your own question - there is a gap in this area.  If Symantec still have 
the L3 code base lying around (and it didn't metamorphose into the Vulnerability Assessment product) it might be 
worth dusting down.

Mark

Mark Brewis

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EDS
UK Information Assurance Group
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