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A named quality or characteristic that is claimed to be inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.


Attributes have names and when representing information about an entity they also have attribute-values.

Example: Examples of attributes about individuals include basic personal facts such as name, date of birth, residential address, citizenship status; contact attributes such as mailing address, phone number or email address; or any of myriad other qualities or characteristics. Non-person entities may have attributes such as private enterprise number (PEN) and date of incorporation(for corporations), MAC address (for network interface), device key (for cryptographically trusted platforms) or version and Common Platform Enumeration for software.

Approved at Taxonomy AHG meeting 2013-06-13


NIST SP 800-63


MC Approved