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.

Super Admins have automatic access to all security center features, including the security dashboard, the security health page, and the investigation tool. You can give delegated admins access to a specific security center feature (for example, just the security dashboard) by granting them the administrator privileges needed to access that feature. 

For general instructions about granting privileges to delegated admins, see 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

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Admin roles.
  3. Point to a custom administrator role.
    Tip: If you need to create a new admin role, see Create a custom role.
  4. Click View privileges.
  5. Click Open privileges.
  6. Check the privileges for the security center area you want to grant access to (see table below).
  7. Click Save.

Security center privileges

Security area Privilege required
Security page

Securityand thenSecurity Settings

To open the Security page, click the Security icon on the Admin console home page, or click Security in the main menu at the top-left corner.

Security dashboard

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

Note: Some admins with Reports privilege may have access to the security dashboard. For the security center, the new Dashboards privilege has replaced the Reports privilege. (The Reports privilege for non-security-center reports in the Google Admin console will not be changed.)

Security health
  • Servicesand thenSecurity Centerand thenThis user has full administrative rights for Security Centerand thenSecurity Health
  • Organizational Unitsand thenRead
  • Usersand thenRead
  • Setting-specific privileges. These depend on the setting or group of settings you want to give access to. See the Settings reference for the security health page below. If no setting-specific privileges are assigned, the security health page will be accessible, but won't show any settings. 
Investigation tool

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

For more information see Admin privileges for the investigation tool.

Settings reference for the security health page

Super Admins automatically have access to all security health settings. For other admins, they need super admins to grant them the additional privileges listed below for each setting (or group of settings). If an admin doesn't have the required privileges for specific settings, those settings won't appear on the security health page.

Note: The security health settings for two-step verification for users, security key enforcement for users, and groups creation and management, are only visible to super admins and can't be delegated.

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
  • 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 editions: Enterprise

Only available for Super Admin accounts.

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

Supported edition: Enterprise

Servicesand thenService Settings

Note: Assigning the Service Settings privilege automatically checks the Settings box for Gmail, Drive, and Calendar as well. All the Gmail, Drive and Calendar security health settings are visible to an admin who is assigned the Service Settings privilege.

  • 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

  • Two-step verification for admins
  • Two-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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