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Start an investigation based on a dashboard chart

Security dashboard & security investigation tool
You can start an investigation by clicking a link in some security dashboard reports. The search results are then pre-populated in the investigation tool. 

This feature is available from the following charts on the dashboard:

  • File exposure—What does external file sharing look like for the domain?
  • Compromised device events—What compromised device events have been detected?
  • Suspicious device activities—What suspicious device activities have been detected?
  • Failed device password attempts—How many times were there failed password attempts on devices?

Note: The charts available on the security dashboard will vary depending on your Google Workspace edition.

Your access to the security investigation tool

  • The security investigation tool requires a premium Google Workspace edition (Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, or Education Plus).
  • You can access logs using the Chrome browser for the Google apps you have installed. For example, Gmail.
  • 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. 
  • You can run a search in the investigation tool on all users, regardless of the Google edition they have.

Start an investigation from the security dashboard

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Securityand thenSecurity centerand thenDashboard.
  3. From one of the above charts, click VIEW REPORT.
  4. Apply filters to the report, such as the date range or domain.
  5. Start an investigation by hovering on the investigation icon  in the report, and then clicking New Investigation. You can start an investigation based on the entire table in the report, or based on a single row in the table.
  6. Click SEARCH.

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