Assets are only used by applications. They are not directly accessed by the user. An asset can depend on other assets. Examples include: data, configurations, file systems, volumes, LUNs, physical storage, servers, SQL instances inside Share point, or Oracle databases inside SAP.

A managed object in the system that has value, has an owner, has controlled access, and can have authority. The authority occurs when the asset is a person or a query engine.

A function, a capability, a piece of equipment, or information that is important to a mission, such as a word-processing application, network router, facsimile machine, data source, or computer. The ability to send a message to a command and control organization thousands of miles away in five seconds is also an asset.