Admin privileges for the security center

Supported editions for this feature: Enterprise; Education Standard and Plus.  Compare your edition

Some features in the security center—for example, data related to Gmail and Drive—are not available with Cloud Identity Premium.

As a super administrator, you can access security center features, including the security dashboard, security health page, and investigation tool. You can give other admins access to a specific security center feature—for example, just the security dashboard—by granting them the privileges for that feature. 

For more about granting these privileges, go to Create, edit, and delete custom administrator roles.

Grant security center privileges to an admin

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Admin roles.
  3. Point to a custom administrator role.
    Tip: If you need to create an admin role, go to Create a custom role.
  4. Click View privilegesand thenOpen privileges.
  5. Check the privileges for the security center area you want to grant access to.
    Review the table below, Security center privileges.
  6. Click Save.

Security center privileges

Security area Privilege required
Security page

Securityand thenSecurity Settings

To open the Security page, from the Admin console Home page, click Security.

Security dashboard

Servicesand thenSecurity Centerand thenThis user has full administrative rights for Security Centerand thenDashboards

Note: Some admins with the Reports privilege may have access to the security dashboard. For the security center, the Dashboards privilege replaced the Reports privilege. (The Reports privilege for non-security center reports in the Admin console isn’t changing.)

Security health

To access the security health page, an admin needs all of these privileges:

  • Servicesand thenSecurity Centerand thenThis user has full administrative rights for Security Centerand thenSecurity Health
  • Organizational Unitsand thenRead
  • Usersand thenRead

In addition, the admin needs setting-specific privileges for the setting or group of settings you want to give access to. Review the table below, Settings reference for the security health page.

Investigation tool

Servicesand thenSecurity Centerand thenThis user has full administrative rights for Security Centerand thenInvestigation Tool

For more information, go to Admin privileges for the investigation tool.

Settings reference for the security health page

Super admins can access security health settings. Other admins need super admins to grant them the additional privileges listed here for each setting or group of settings. If an admin doesn't have the required privileges for specific settings, those settings don’t appear on the security health page.

Note: Only super admins can access the security health settings for 2-Step Verification and security-key enforcement for users, as well as groups creation and management.

Security health setting Privileges required
  • Automatic email forwarding
  • Comprehensive mail storage
  • Bypassing spam filters for internal senders
  • POP and IMAP access for users
  • DKIM
  • SPF record
  • DMARC
  • Approved senders without authentication
  • Approved domain senders
  • Email whitelist IPs
  • Add spam headers setting to all default routing rules
  • MX record configuration
  • Attachment safety
  • Links and external images safety
  • Spoofing and authentication safety
  • MTA-STS configuration

Supported edition: Enterprise

Gmailand thenSettings
  • Groups creation and membership

Supported edition: Enterprise

Only available for super admin accounts

  • Sites sharing policy
  • Google Workspace Marketplace applications usage
  • Hangouts out of domain warning

Supported edition: Enterprise

Servicesand thenService Settings

Assigning the Service Settings privilege:

  • Automatically checks the Settings box for Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar
  • Makes their security health settings visible to the assigned admin
  • Calendar sharing policy

Supported edition: Enterprise

Servicesand thenCalendarand thenAll Settings

  • File publishing on the web
  • Access Checker
  • Warning for out of domain sharing
  • Drive sharing settings
  • Google sign-in requirement for external collaborators
  • Access to offline docs
  • Drive add-ons
  • Desktop access to Drive

Supported editions: Enterprise and Essentials

Servicesand thenDrive and Docsand thenSettings

  • Mobile management
  • Blocking of compromised mobile devices
  • Mobile inactivity reports
  • Mobile password requirements
  • Device encryption
  • Application verification
  • Installation of mobile apps from unknown sources
  • External media storage
  • Auto account wipe

Supported editions: Enterprise, Essentials, Cloud Identity Premium

Servicesand thenMobile Device Managementand thenManage Devices and Settings

  • 2-Step Verification for admins
  • 2-Step Verification for users
  • Security-key enforcement for admins
  • Security-key enforcement for users

Supported editions: Enterprise, Essentials, Cloud Identity Premium

Only available for super admin accounts

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