For purposes of the intelligence-led, asset-focused, and threat-driven methodology, DCSA has defined an asset as follows:
An asset is anything of value related to a classified program or contract, the loss of, compromise of, or damage to which may adversely affect national security.
There is a distinction that must be made between a national security asset and a business asset. Not all business assets are national security assets. We are looking to industry to identify those assets at their facility that have national security implications if lost, compromised, or damaged. When evaluating your assets, think critically about the time, money and effort that would be necessary to replace an asset and the impact that would have on your ability to fulfill your contractual obligations related to your classified contracts. Below are some characteristics of business assets versus national security assets that may help you in identifying the assets at your facility.
|How do I distinguish a national security asset from a business asset?|
|BUSINESS ASSET||NATIONAL SECURITY ASSET|
|Closed Area||Specialized Clean Room built to specific standards that is not easily replaceable|
|Employees||Employees with very rare or unique knowledge, skills, or abilities|
|Component Supplier||Rare supplier the loss of whom may jeopardize your ability to fulfill a classified contract|
|Equipment||Equipment used in support of a classified contract that is not easily replaceable and which, if lost or compromised, may impact the ability to fulfill a classified contract|
- DSS Asset Identification Guide 2.1
- DSS Asset Identification Desktop Tool
- PIEFAOS Job Aid with Fishbone Diagram
- Industrial Base Technology List
- Supply Chain Risk Management Resources
- Introduction to Risk Management Course GS150.06
- Risk Management for DoD Security Programs Course GS102.16
- The Relationship Between Counterintelligence and Security Course CI140.16
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