Getting started with the asset system

To define the known assets that need protection is the first step in the IT process governance. The primary goal of the asset management system is to present a consolidated view of the assets that are present in the organization. The asset system lets you manage the assets in the organization. The system also lets you exchange the context-specific information about the assets so that you can look at your organization from different perspectives. You can use the asset system to manage and monitor the assets that are valuable to your organization.

To understand how the asset system works, review the concepts that you should understand before you begin to use the asset system.

See Concepts in assets.

Table: Primary tasks to get started with asset system



Registering the Data Processing Service

Before the Application Server can use a newly installed Data Processing Service (DPS), you must register the DPS with the Application Server. When you register the DPS, you also assign the DPS to a site and specify the DPS roles. Where appropriate, specify data types to collect.

See Registering the Data Processing Service.

Configuring the data collectors

You must configure the data collector for the platform for which you want to import the assets.

Configure Common platform to import common fields

In Control Compliance Suite, the data for the common fields of an asset type is not collected from the default data collector.

See About the working of default data collectors in asset import.

To collect data for the common fields, you must manually create a CSV file and define all the common fields in a specific format.

See Creating a CSV file .

If you do not have the Common platform configured, the assets are still imported into the asset system without the common fields data.

See Configuring Common platform through CSV settings.

The asset system workflow starts with the creation of reconciliation rules. The asset system workflow ends with the evaluation results of the assets that are a part of the asset system. Asset import is the most crucial step in the asset system. You must have reconciliation rules, tags, and the asset groups before you import the assets.

Table: Asset system tasks



Import the primary assets for the first time with the predefined reconciliation rules

The day zero asset import is the most important step to get started with the asset system.

The asset system facilitates the process of the day zero asset import with predefined rules. The day zero asset import implies the import of primary assets into the asset system.

See Primary and secondary assets.

See About the first time asset import.

See Importing the assets for the first time.

Create reconciliation rules for further asset imports

If you have imported assets without the common fields data, you can set the values of the common fields with the reconciliation rules.

See Using a Pre rule to set the values of the common fields.

See Creating reconciliation rules.

Apply tags to the assets

You can now create tags to assign to the assets. You can create tags on the basis of Department, Confidentiality, Location, and so on.

See Asset tagging.

See Applying a tag to the asset.

Create asset groups

After you create the tags, you can group the assets on the basis of the tags or any other logical grouping.

You can create static and dynamic asset groups or use the predefined asset groups.

See Creating asset groups.

Import the secondary assets

After you import the primary assets, you can now proceed with the further asset imports with the reconciliation rules and asset groups.

See Working with asset import scenarios.