Rule log events

Audit and investigation page: Review your users' attempts to share sensitive data
The audit log page has been replaced with a new audit and investigation page. For information about this change, go to Improved audit and investigation experience: What's new in Google Workspace.

As your organization's administrator, you can use the audit and investigation page to run searches related to Rule log events. There you can view a record of actions to review your user’s attempts to share sensitive data. For example, you can review events triggered by data loss prevention (DLP) rule violation events. Entries usually appear within an hour of the user action.

The Rule log events also list data types for BeyondCorp Threat and Data Protection.

For a full list of services and activities that you can investigate, such as Google Drive or user activity, read through the data sources for the audit and investigation page.

Open the audit and investigation page

Access Rule log event data

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. On the left, click Reportingand thenAudit and investigationand thenRule log events.

Filter the data

  1. Open the log events as described above in Access Rule log event data.
  2. Click Add a filter, and then select an attribute.
  3. In the pop-up window, select an operatorand thenselect a valueand thenclick Apply.
  4. (Optional) To create multiple filters for your search:
    1. Click Add a filter and repeat step 3.
    2. (Optional) To add a search operator, above Add a filter, select AND or OR.
  5. Click Search.

Note: Using the Filter tab, you can include simple parameter and value pairs to filter the search results. You can also use the Condition builder tab, where the filters are represented as conditions with AND/OR operators.

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. The value can be Anonymous user if the events are the results of a rescan.
Actor group name Group name of the actor
Actor organizational unit Organizational unit of the actor
Conference ID Conference ID of the meeting that was acted on as part of this rule trigger
Data source The application originating the resource
Date Date and time the event occurred
Detector ID Identifier of a matched detector
Detector name Name of a matched detector that admins defined
Device ID The ID of the device on which the action was triggered. This data type applies to BeyondCorp Threat and Data Protection.
Device type Type of device referred to by the Device ID. This data type applies to BeyondCorp Threat and Data Protection.
Event The logged event action. 
  • For DLP rules, the value is Action complete
  • When a Drive label changes, the value is Label applied, Field value changed, or Label removed.
Recipient Those who received the shared resource
Recipient omitted count Number of resource recipients omitted due to exceeding the limit
Resource ID The object modified. For DLP rules:
  • For entries pertaining to Google Drive, click the Resource ID to view the Drive document that was modified.
  • For entries pertaining to Google Chat, click the Resource ID to see details on a Chat conversation. Note that some Chat data can expire, so not all details will always be available.
Resource owner User that owns the resource that was scanned and had an action applied to it
Resource title The title of the resource that was modified. For DLP, a document title.
Resource type For DLP, the resource is Document. For Chat DLP, the resource is Chat Message or Chat Attachment.
Rule ID ID of the rule that triggered
Rule name Rule name provided by the admin when they created the rule
Rule type DLP is the value for DLP rules
Scan type

Values are:

  • Drive continuous scan (occurring when a rule changes)
  • Online scan (occurring as a document is changing)
  • Chat scan content before send (occurring when a Chat message is sent)
Severity The severity assigned to the rule when it was triggered
Suppressed action Actions configured on the rule, but suppressed. An action is suppressed if a higher priority action occurs at the same time and is triggered.
Container ID ID of the parent container that the resource belongs to.
Container type Type of parent container that the resource belongs to—for example, Chat Space or Group Chat, for chat messages or chat attachments.
Trigger Activity that led to a rule being triggered
Triggered action Lists the action taken. This is blank if an audit-only rule was triggered.
Trigger client IP IP address of the actor that triggered the action
Triggering user email Email address of actor that triggered the action

Manage log event data

Manage search results column data

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"".
  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 data column names.
  5. Click Save.

Export search result data

  1. At the top of the search results table, click Export all.
  2. Enter a nameand thenclick Export.
    The export displays below the search results table under Export action results.
  3. To view the data, click the name of your export.
    The export opens in Google Sheets.

Create reporting rules

Go to Create and manage reporting rules.

When and how long is data available?

Go to Data retention and lag times.

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