Assets are tangible objects of value to stakeholders. By defining an asset in CAIRIS, we implicitly state that this needs to be secured in light of risks which subsequently get defined.

Assets are situated in one or more environments. Security properties are associated with each asset for every environment it can be found in. These security properties are Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, and Accountability. Each of these properties is associated with the value of None, Low, Medium, or High. The meaning of each of these values can be defined in CAIRIS from the Asset Values dialog; this is available via the Options/Asset values menu.

Adding, updating, and deleting an asset


Asset modelling

Understanding how assets can be associated with each other is a useful means of identifying where the weak links in a prospective architecture might be. CAIRIS supports the association of assets, inconsistency checking between associated assets, and visualisation of asset models.

The CAIRIS asset model is based on UML class models. Asset models can be viewed for each defined environment. As well as explicitly defined asset associations, asset models will also contain associations implicitly defined. For example, if a task has been defined, and this task concerns within an environment contain one or more assets, then the participating persona will be displayed as an actor, and an association between this actor and the asset will be displayed. Additionally, if concern associations have been defined between goals and assets and/or associations then zooming into the model will display these concerns; the concerns are displayed as blue comment elements.


Adding an asset association


Viewing Asset models

Asset models can be viewed by clicking on the Asset Model toolbar button, and selecting the environment to view the environment for.


By changing the environment name in the environment combo box, the asset model for a different environment can be viewed. The layout of the model can also be replaced by selecting a layout option in the Layout combo box at the foot of the model viewer window.

By clicking on a model element, information about that artifact can be viewed.