Collecting audit logs in Azure AD is a crucial task for maintaining the security and compliance of your organization’s data. With Azure AD’s built-in audit logging capabilities, you can track user activity and detect any suspicious behavior. In this article, we will walk you through the process of setting up and collecting audit logs in Azure AD.
Step 1: Enable Audit Logging
The first step in collecting audit logs in Azure AD is to enable audit logging. To do this, navigate to the Azure AD portal and select “Audit logs” from the left-hand menu. Once in the “Audit logs” section, you will be prompted to enable audit logging by clicking on the “Enable audit logs” button.
Step 2: Configure Audit Logs
After enabling audit logging, you will need to configure the types of activities that you want to track. To do this, navigate to the “Audit logs” section and select “Audit log search.” On the “Audit log search” page, you will be able to select the specific activities that you want to track, such as user sign-ins, group management, and application usage.
Step 3: View and Export Audit Logs
Once you have configured your audit logs, you can view and export them at any time. To view your audit logs, navigate to the “Audit logs” section and select “Audit log search.” From here, you can filter and search for specific activities and users. To export your audit logs, simply click on the “Export” button and choose the format that you want to export them in.
Collecting audit logs in Azure AD is an essential task for maintaining the security and compliance of your organization’s data. With Azure AD’s built-in audit logging capabilities, you can easily track user activity and detect any suspicious behavior. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can set up and collect audit logs in Azure AD with ease.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
How long are audit logs stored in Azure AD?
Audit logs are stored in Azure AD for 90 days by default. However, you can configure retention settings to retain logs for up to 7 years.
Can I export audit logs to a third-party tool?
Yes, you can export audit logs in various formats, including CSV and JSON, and import them into a third-party tool for further analysis.
Can I set up alerts for specific activities in audit logs?
Yes, you can set up alerts for specific activities in Azure AD by configuring Azure Monitor and Azure Log Analytics.
Can I track multiple Azure AD tenants’ audit logs?
Yes, you can use Azure AD Privileged Identity Management (PIM) to track audit logs across multiple Azure AD tenants.