Google Workspace (G Suite) Log Monitoring

Integration Overview

Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) is a popular suite of cloud-based tools used for email, data storage, file sharing, collaboration, virtual meetings, and more. Panther can collect, normalize, and monitor Google Workspace logs to help you identify suspicious activity within your organization in real time. Your normalized data is then retained to power future security investigations in a data lake powered by the cloud-native data platform, Snowflake.

Use Cases for Google Workspace Logs

Panther has the ability to fetch and monitor G Suite Activity Event and Report log types. Some common SIEM use cases for these logs include monitoring for:

  • Changes to verification, authentication, or password policies
  • Modifications to organization or application settings
  • Suspicious or non-approved login or device activity
  • Excessive file sharing, deletions, or downloads
  • New applications added to your organization’s workspace

Onboarding Google Workspace Logs in Panther

Panther’s integration for Google Workspace is fast and easy to configure, allowing you to onboard your logs in just a few minutes by querying the Google Workspace Reports API. Simply select Google Workspace from the list of log sources in the Panther console, create a new app in Google Cloud, enable API, and submit your credentials into the Panther setup menu.

For more details on onboarding Google Workspace logs or for supported log schema, you can view our Google Workspace documentation here.

Parsing, Normalizing, & Analyzing Logs

As Panther ingests Google Workspace logs, they are parsed, normalized, and stored in a Snowflake security data lake. This allows you to build detections, identify anomalies, and conduct investigations in the context of days, weeks, or months of data.

Panther applies normalization fields to all log records, which standardizes names for attributes and empowers users to correlate data across all of your log sources. Panther’s various search tools - such as Query Builder, Data Explorer, and Indicator Search - allow you to investigate your normalized logs for suspicious activity or vulnerabilities. For more information on searching logs, check out our documentation on Investigations & Search.

Built-in and Easily Customizable Detections

Dozens of pre-built detections for Google Workspace are available by default in Panther, offering users immediate value for monitoring common IoCs and threats. You can explore our built-in detection coverage for Google Workspace logs here.

With Panther, you aren’t confined to rigid detections or proprietary languages as seen in many SIEM solutions. Panther is architected around detection-as-code principles, giving you the ability to write Python to define detection logic and to integrate external systems like version control and CI/CD pipelines into your detection engineering processes. This results in powerful, flexible, and reusable scripting of detections for your security team.

Configuring Alerts

Panther generates alerts when your detection rules or policies for Google Workspace are triggered, and integrates with a variety of alert destinations to allow for intuitive management of any alerts. Alerts can also be sent to alert context or SOAR platforms for more remediation options.

Alerts are categorized by five different severity levels: Info, Low, Medium, High, and Critical. Your security team has the ability to dynamically assign severity based on specific log event attributes.

Customer Support

If you have any questions about configuring or monitoring G Suite logs in Panther, our customer support team is here to help. All customers have access to support via a dedicated Slack channel, email, or in-app messenger.

You can view our documentation on configuring and monitoring Google Workspace logs here, or customers can sign up for the Panther Community to share best practices or custom detections for Google Workspace logs.

The Ideal SIEM for Google Workspace

With Panther, your team doesn’t have to waste time and resources on operational overhead, pay excessive costs to keep up with the growth of cloud app data or struggle with restrictive detection logic. Panther was founded by a team of security engineers who struggled with other SIEM solutions first-hand, and built an intuitive, cloud-native platform to solve them.

Panther is a cloud-native SIEM built for security operations at scale, offering flexible detection-as-code, intuitive security workflows, and actionable real-time alerts. If you’re searching for a seamless SIEM platform for your Google Workspace applications, request a demo today.

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