1. Any resource — a person, group, relationship, instrument installation, supply — at the disposition of an intelligence agency for use in an operational or support role. 2. A person who contributes to a clandestine mission but is not a fully controlled agent.
contracts, facilities, property, records, unobligated or unexpended balances of appropriations, and other funds or resources, personnel, intelligence, technology, or physical infrastructure, or anything useful that contributes to the success of something, such as an organizational mission; assets are things of value or properties to which value can be assigned; from an intelligence standpoint, includes any resource — person, group, relationship, instrument, installation, or supply — at the disposal of an intelligence organization for use in an operational or support role.
"Cyberspace may impact the same assets as the physical world, but probably in entirely new ways. For example, although privacy has been an asset in the physical world for several years, in cyberspace it may take on a whole new spin, as (i) the data gathered, (ii) the entities gathering such data, and (iii) the potential uses of such gathered data are of unprecedented scale."