Google Workspace is a robust set of productivity applications with billions of users and millions of paying organizations. These include small mom-and-pop shops and the largest enterprises. Google provides the Google Reports API, “a RESTful API you can use to access information about the Google Workspace activities of your users.” This data is critical for establishing a solid security posture.
Meanwhile, Cribl Search is reshaping the data search paradigm, empowering users to uncover and analyze data directly from its source. Cribl Search allows you to search and analyze data without first routing that data to an analytics engine or SIEM. And for those who prefer to utilize their existing analytics solution, go for it! Cribl Search allows sending that data to Cribl Stream via the |send operator. You can use Search or Cribl Stream to optimize that data and then selectively send that data to 0 or more analytics solutions and even long-term storage in a low-cost object store for compliance, historical threat analysis, or full-fidelity backup.
Cribl Search supports searching multiple sources, including Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and various APIs such as AWS, Okta, Zoom, and Tailscale. And now, Cribl Search supports searching the Google Reports API! Cribl Search provides activity information on all the applications exposed via the Google Reports API Activities resource, including Admin Console activity, Google Drive, Google Meet, User Accounts, Login data, and more. Read on to find out how.
To give access to Cribl Search to search your Google Reports API for activities, navigate to your Google Cloud Platform Administrative Console and do the following:
And now for the easy part. Head over to your Cribl Search Instance and perform the following steps. Note that if you do not have a Cribl.Cloud instance, you can get a free one here.
That’s it, now on to the fun part.
Once you have created your dataset, you can start searching your data.
I was curious about these “
risky_sensitive_action_allowed” events. So, I created a search that provided a timeline of events. I first use the
extend operator to pull out the required fields from nested JSON. I then sorted by timestamp with the sort operator and included only relevant data with the project operator. You can view raw events or fields in a table. I checked with security experts, and it turns out that these events occurred during
reauth operations where no password challenge was provided. There are no issues here, and this is just a test account, but it is good to be able to investigate. And I didn’t send the data anywhere, and this was all done via Cribl Search!
So far, so good! What if you want to route this data onto an analytics solution? The Cribl “send” operator lets you do just that.
That’s it. In this post, we have walked through searching the Google Workspace API via Cribl Search, analyzing that data directly within Cribl Search, and finally, sending that data to Cribl Stream to be optimized and routed to any destination, just as any other source. Enjoy searching your Google Workspace activity. In an upcoming blog, we will discuss how to search the Google Cloud Platform API. We offer instant access to Cribl Search and Cribl Stream via Cribl.Cloud comes with a generous free plan, so try it today!
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