Looker Studio log events

Security investigation tool

Supported editions for the Looker Studio log events data source in the investigation tool:
Enterprise Plus, Education Plus

As your organization's administrator, you can use the security investigation tool to run searches related to Looker Studiolog events, and take action based on the search results. From the investigation tool, you can view a record of actions to track actions taken on Looker Studio assets created by users in your organization. For example, you can see when a user viewed a report, created a new exploration, or shared a data source.

Creating an extracted data source also creates a data source export event for the data source being extracted.

Note: The Looker Studio log events data source provides data for the previous 6 months. If you want to retain it for longer, export the log data.

Your access to the security investigation tool

  • Supported editions for the security investigation tool include Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, Education Plus, and Enterprise Essentials Plus.
  • Admins with Cloud Identity Premium, Frontline Standard, Enterprise Standard, and Education Standard can also use the investigation tool for a subset of data sources.
  • Your ability to run a search in the investigation tool depends on your Google edition, your administrative privileges, and the data source. If you're unable to run a search in the investigation tool for a specific data source, you can use the audit and investigation page instead.
    Note: You can run a search in the investigation tool on all users, regardless of the Google edition they have.

Run a search for Looker Studio log events

To run a search in the investigation tool, first choose a data source. You then need to choose one or more conditions for your search. For each condition, choose an attribute, an operator, and a value

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. On the left of the Admin console Home page, click Securityand thenSecurity centerand thenInvestigation tool.
  3. Click Data source and select Looker Studio log events.
  4. Click Add Condition.
    Tip: You can include one or more conditions in your search or customize your search with nested queries. For details, go to Customize your search with nested queries.
  5. Click Attributeand thenselect an option.
    For a complete list of attributes, go to the Attribute descriptions section below.
  6. Click Containsand thenselect an operator.
  7. Enter a value, or select a value from the drop-down list.
  8. (Optional) To add more search conditions, repeat steps 4–7.
  9. Click Search.
    Search results in the investigation tool are displayed in a table at the bottom of the page.
  10. (Optional) To save your investigation, click Save""and thenenter a title and descriptionand thenclick Save.


  • In the Condition builder tab, filters are represented as conditions with AND/OR operators. You can also use the Filter tab to include simple parameter and value pairs to filter the search results.
  • If you gave a user a new name, you will not see query results with the user's old name. For example, if you rename OldName@example.com to NewName@example.com, you will not see results for events related to OldName@example.com.

Attribute descriptions

For this data source, you can use the following attributes when searching log event data:

Attribute Description
Actor Email address of the user who performed the action
Actor group name

Group name of the actor. For more information, see Filtering results by Google Group.

To add a group to your filtering groups allowlist:

  1. Select Actor group name.
  2. Click Filtering groups.
    The Filtering groups page displays.
  3. Click Add Groups.
  4. Search for a group by entering the first few characters of its name or email address. When you see the group you want, select it.
  5. (Optional) To add another group, search for and select the group.
  6. When you finish selecting groups, click Add.
  7. (Optional) To remove a group, click Remove group "".
  8. Click Save.
Actor organizational unit Organizational unit of the actor
Asset ID ID of the asset where the logged action happened
Asset name The name of the asset that was viewed or changed
Asset type The type of asset where the logged action happened
Connector type The type of connector used to fetch data for a data source asset
Current value

If settings are changed, this field shows the current value of the settings—for example, Can edit, Can view, Private, Public on the web, or Current team workspace ID.

Note: This attribute will replace New value.
Data export type The type or format of the data export in Looker Studio. Enter one of the following values:
  • CSV
  • CSV Excel (CSV in Excel format)
  • Extracted data source
  • Google Sheets
Date Date and time of the event (displayed in your browser's default time zone)
Embedded in report ID ID of the report where the data source is embedded
Event The logged event action, such as Create, Data Export, or Restore
IP address Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the logged action. Usually reflects the user's physical location, but could be a proxy server or a virtual private network (VPN) address.
New value If settings are changed, this field shows the new value of the settings—for example, Can edit, Can view, Private, or Public on the web.
Old value If settings are changed, this field shows is the old value of the settings—for example, Can edit, Can view, Private, or Public on the web.
Owner The owner of the asset
Parent Workspace ID The team workspace for the asset.
Previous Value

If settings are changed, this field shows the previous value of the settings—for example, Can edit, Can view, Private, Public on the web, or Current team workspace ID

Note: This attribute will replace Old value.
Prior visibility Visibility of the Looker Studio asset before the activity
Target When changing user access, this field captures the target users or groups that this access change applies to
Target domain If link visibility is changed, this field captures the domains that have access to the link. For example, enter the domain for your organization if the link is shared within your domain, or enter all if the link has public access.
Visibility Visibility of the Looker Studio asset associated with the activity

Export Looker Studio log event data to BigQuery

If enabled, you can export Looker Studio log events data to Google BigQuery. To export the data, you need to do the following:

Learn more about reporting logs and BigQuery.

Take action based on search results

After you run a search in the investigation tool, you can act on your search results. For example, you can run a search based on Gmail log events, and then use the investigation tool to delete specific messages, send messages to quarantine, or send messages to users' inboxes. For more details about actions in the investigation tool, go to Take action based on search results.

Create activity rules & set up alerts

To help prevent, detect, and remediate security issues efficiently, you can automate actions in the investigation tool and set up alerts by creating activity rules. To set up a rule, set up conditions for the rule, and then specify what actions to perform when the conditions are met. For details and instructions, go to Create and manage activity rules.

Manage your investigations

View your list of investigations

To view a list of the investigations that you own and that were shared with you, click View investigations"". The investigation list includes the names, descriptions, and owners of the investigations, and the date last modified. 

From this list, you can take action on any investigations that you own—for example, to delete an investigation. Check the box for an investigation, and then click Actions.

Note: Directly above your list of investigations, under Quick access, you can view recently saved investigations.

Configure settings for your investigations

As a super administrator, click Settings"" to :

  • Change the time zone for your investigations. The time zone applies to search conditions and results.
  • Turn on or off Require reviewer. For more details, go to Require reviewers for bulk actions.
  • Turn on or off View content. This setting allows admins with the appropriate privileges to view content.
  • Turn on or off Enable action justification.

For instructions and details, go to Configure settings for your investigations.

Manage columns in your search results

You can control which data columns appear in your search results. 

  1. At the top-right of the search results table, click Manage columns"".
  2. (Optional) To remove current columns, click Remove item"".
  3. (Optional) To add columns, next to Add new column, click the Down arrow""and select the data column.
    Repeat as needed.
  4. (Optional) To change the order of the columns, drag the column name.
  5. Click Save.
Export data from search results

You can export search results in the investigation tool to Google Sheets or to a CSV file. For instructions, see Export search results.

Share, delete, and duplicate investigations

To save your search criteria or share it with others, you can create and save an investigation, and then share, duplicate, or delete it.

For details, go to Save, share, delete, and duplicate investigations.

When and how long is data available?

For more information about data sources, go to Data retention and lag times.


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