Version: 6.3.3

Run Impact Assessment

This is a guide to running an impact analysis assessment for Fabric components.

An Impact Assessment can be run for the following reasons:

  • To identify resources that will be impacted by making a change to a selected resource (e.g. finding the Agents, Connection, and Skills that are impacted by changing a Secret).
  • To identify the potential impact before deleting a resource (Finding which Agents will be impacted by deleting a Skill).

Preparing query

  1. Get a list of the types of resources by running:

    cortex assessments list-types

    Current types include:

    • Cohort
    • ProfileSchema
    • Group
    • Attribute
    • Goal
    • KPI
    • Mission
    • Action
    • Skill
    • Secret
    • Connection
    • DataSource
    • Intervention
    • SimulatedAttribute
    • Condition
    • Type

    You may want to filter your assessment resource query by one or more of these resource types.

  2. Get a list of resources by running:

    cortex assessments list-resources

    This command returns a large number of records so you may filter by one or more of the following:

  • --scope projectA, projectB - list projects

  • --name componentName - Cortex component name

  • --type resourceType - Resource type (see list above)

  • --skip number-of-records-to-skip - Skip/exclude some number of records from the response

  • --limit number-of-records-to-return - Limit results to a some number of records (applied after --skip)

  • --missing - Provide a list of missing dependencies for an existing or to be created resource

    Example A: Limits

    cortex assessments list-resources --name aws --type Secret --limit 5


    │ Name │ Title │ Type │ Project │
    │ awssecretkey │ AWS secret key │ Secret │ hw-campaign-… │
    │ awspublickey │ AWS public key │ Secret │ hw-campaign-… │
    │ lierSecretKey │ Lier Secret Key │ Secret │ lier-demo-06… │

    Example B: Missing

    cortex assessments dependency-tree --name campaignName --scope myProject --type Campaign --missing


    │ Name │ Title │ Resource Type │
    │ aws-secret │ aws-secret │ Secret │
    │ newsecret │ newsecret │ Secret │
  1. Create an assessment by specifying the resource you wish to trace.

    cortex assessments create [options] [assessmentDefinition]


  • --component componentName - Cortex component name

  • --description "description" - Assessment description (assessment metadata)

  • --name AssessmentName - Assessment name (assessment metadata)

  • --scope projectA, projectB - Assessment scope projects (comma separated values)

  • --title assessmentTitle - Assessment title (assessment metadata)

  • --type componentTypes - Response scoped to specified component types (comma separated values)


    The example below requests an assessment for all of the components that are dependent upon a component named "awssecretkey". The assessment is named "ia2". The name is required to create and download an assessment report.

    cortex assessments create --name ia2 --component awssecretkey


    Assessment ia2 saved successfully
  1. Get a list of Assessments

    cortex assessments list --limit 2


    │ Name │ Title │ Description │ Projects │ # Reports │ Created │ Created By │
    │ ia2 │ - │ - │ - │ 0 │ 5 seconds ago ││
    │ ia1 │ - │ - │ - │ 0 │ a minute ago ││
  2. Create an assessment report (for the assessment named "ia2").

    cortex assessments report ia2


    "reportId": "awssecretkey_1624541349590"
  3. Get a list of assessment reports (for the assessment named "ia2").

    cortex assessments report-list ia2


    │ Assessment Name │ Report Id │ Impact Summary │ Created │ Created By │
    │ ia2 │ awssecretkey_16 │ {"Agent":1,"Skill":2}│ a few seconds ago │ │
  4. View assessment report details (for the assessment named "ia2" and with the report id "awssecretkey_162 ). These are the resources that are affected by changes to a component named "awssecretkey".

    cortex assessments report-get ia1 "awssecretkey_16"


    │ Name │ Title │ Type │ Project │
    │ mission-agent-11e84 │ mission-agent-11e84 │ Agent │ hw-campaign-im-48fac │
    │ hw/skill-router │ hw/skill-router │ Skill │ hw-campaign-im-48fac │
    │ domain-contract-executor │ domain-contract-executor │ Skill │ hw-campaign-im-48fac │
  5. (Optional) Export the assessment report as a .csv file.

    cortex assessments report-export ia2 awssecretkey_162


    Report exported to awssecretkey_162.csv

Query matching multiple resources

You may create and run a query with more than one resource specified that returns all components that match for both resources.


cortex assessments create --name daemonReportTest1 --title testfab2381 --scope sreddy --type skill --component daemon

Query that returns a dependency tree

You may run a query that returns the dependency tree for the specified resource.

Run the CLI command:


cortex assessments dependency-tree --name secure-skill --scope vpandya-26f8a --type Skill

Example CLI Response

│ Name │ Title │ Resource Type │
│ secure_job │ secure_job │ Action │
│ nested/secret │ nested/secret │ Secret │

View Assessment report in Console

  1. Log in to Fabric Console.
  2. Click Assessments in the left menu.
  3. A list of Impact Assessment reports is displayed with the following details:
    • Assessment Name: Unique system name (based on the resource name) assigned to the assessment during creation
    • Assessment Title: Human-readable title assigned to the assessment during creatiion
    • Generated On: Created date-timestamp
    • Number of Reports: Number of reports generated for the resource
    • Scope of Assessment: Project scope of the assessment
  4. Click the assessment name to view a list of reports (as cards).
    • Or click Run New Report (a new report with the same configuration is run).
    • To view the new report click back to the Assessment list and click the new report (card).
  5. Click the report card to view potentially impacted resources (cards).
    • Click View All at the end of each resource-type row to see additional impacted resources of that type in a list view.
  6. Click View All Impacts at the top right to view all impacted resources of all types in a list view.
  7. Click Export to CSV to download a the report in a .csv file.
    • You can opt to export a list of all impacted resources or you can select just the resource-types you want in the report.

Assessment Reports in Console

Assessment List

List Columns:

  • Assessment name: System-name for the Assessment
  • Assessment title: Human-readable name for the Assessment
  • Generate on: Timestamp when the Impact Assessment query was run
  • Number of reports: The number report that have been generated for the configured assessment query
  • Scope: Projects to query for assessment reports


  • Open Report: Click the Assessment item row to open the report
  • Copy link: Click the end-row menu command to copy the link to the report in the Console so you can send it to a collaborator
  • Delete Assessment: Click the end-row menu command to delete the report

Reports list

Reports are presented as cards.

Click a report card to open a detail view of the report.

Impact Assessment reports list

Report Details

Report details may be displayed as cards or in a list view.

To display a list view of affected components by component type, click View All at the end of the component type row.

To display a list view of all components affected, click View All Impacts at the top right.

You may download a report of all affected components by clicking the Export to CSV button at the top right.

Impact Assessment report details