A useful feature of IriusRisk is the ability to animate dataflow lines within your diagrams. This article will explore some use cases and guide you through the process, step-by-step, for creating more engaging and informative threat models.
Understanding Data Flow:
One of the primary use cases for animating dataflow lines in your diagrams is to illustrate the flow of data between components within your system. This visualization helps you comprehend how data is processed and transmitted. For instance, you can use animated connectors to demonstrate how data moves from a user's input to a database and then to other system components.
Enhancing Visual Appeal:
Complex threat models can be challenging to communicate effectively. Animated connectors serve as a powerful tool to create more engaging and visually appealing diagrams. When you're presenting your threat model to stakeholders or security team members, animated lines can simplify comprehension. They make the diagrams more interesting and can help convey the intricacies of your infrastructure.
Steps to Animate Dataflow Lines
Follow these steps to animate dataflow lines in your threat modeling diagram:
Log into IriusRisk:
Begin by logging into your IriusRisk account. Ensure you have the necessary access rights to edit the project and its diagrams.
Access Your Project:
Navigate to the "Projects" section and click on "View All Projects" to load your list of projects. Select the specific project you want to work on.
Open the Diagram:
Inside your selected project, open the diagram you wish to enhance with animated dataflow lines.
Select Dataflow Lines:
To select all the dataflow lines in your diagram, click on 'Edit' at the top menu, then choose 'Select Edges' from the dropdown. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+E (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+E (Mac) for quick selection.
Enable Flow Animation:
With all the dataflow lines selected, expand the 'Property' section on the right-hand side of the interface. Scroll down the list, look for the option labeled 'Flow Animation', and select it.
Your Dataflow lines are now animated:
Animating dataflow lines within your threat modeling diagrams can greatly enhance your ability to convey complex concepts. Whether you're trying to understand the data flow within your system or create more captivating visuals for your stakeholders, this feature is a valuable asset!