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Windows Cloud Security Monitoring and Analytics

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The Cloud Security Monitoring & Analytics for Windows app offers pre-built dashboards and queries to help you track your Windows system, user accounts, login activity, and Windows updates.

This section provides instructions for configuring log collection for the Windows - Cloud Security Monitoring and Analytics app.

Log types

The Windows - Cloud Security Monitoring and Analytics app uses Windows Security Event and System Event logs. It does not work with third-party logs.

Sample log message

"Keywords":"Audit Success",

"Message":"The audit log was cleared.\r\nSubject:\r\n\tSecurity ID:\tWIN-6D5CO5AB123\\Administrator\r\n\tAccount Name:\tAdministrator\r\n\tDomain Name:\tWIN-6D5CO5AB123\r\n\tLogon ID:\t0x1971888"

Sample query

The sample query is from the Recent Policy Changes panel from Windows - Overview dashboard.

_sourceCategory=Labs/windows-jsonformat ( "Audit Policy Change" or "System audit policy was changed" or *policy*change* or "Policy Change" or 4902 or 4904 or 4905 or 4906 or 4907 or 4912 or 4715 or 4719 or 4739)
| json "EventID", "Computer", "Message" as event_id, host, msg_summary nodrop
| parse regex field = msg_summary "(?<msg_summary>.*\.*)"
| where (event_id in ("4902", "4904", "4905", "4906", "4907", "4912", "4715", "4719", "4739") or msg_summary matches "System audit policy was changed*") and host matches "*"
| count by msg_summary | sort by _count, msg_summary asc

Collecting logs for Windows Cloud Security Monitoring and Analytics

Configure a Collector and a Source

To configure a collector and source, do the following:

  1. Configure an Installed Windows collector through the user interface or from the command line.
  2. Configure either a local or remote Windows Event Log source. To configure a Windows Event Log source set the following:
    • Event Format. Select Collect using JSON format. Events are formatted into JSON that is designed to work with Sumo Logic features, making it easier for you to reference your data.
    • Event Collection Level. When JSON format is selected you have to select Complete Message from the dropdown.

Complete Message will ingest the entire event content along with metadata.

For more information on local or remote Windows Event Log Source configuration, refer to Local Windows Event Log Source and Remote Windows Event Log Source.

Installing the Windows Cloud Security app

To install the app, do the following:

  1. Select App Catalog.
  2. In the Search Apps field, search for and then select your app.
    Optionally, you can scroll down to preview the dashboards included with the app.
  3. To install the app, click Install App.
  4. Click Next in the Setup Data section.
  5. In the Configure section of the respective app, complete the following fields.
    1. Key. Select either of these options for the data source.
      • Choose Source Category, and select a source category from the list for Default Value.
      • Choose Custom, and enter a custom metadata field. Insert its value in Default Value.
  6. Click Next. You will be redirected to the Preview & Done section.

Your app will be installed in the Installed Apps folder and dashboard panels will start to fill automatically.

Each panel slowly fills with data matching the time range query and received since the panel was created. Results will not immediately be available, updating with full graphs and charts over time.

Viewing Windows Cloud Security dashboards​

All dashboards have a set of filters that you can apply to the entire dashboard. Use these filters to drill down and examine the data to a granular level.

  • You can change the time range for a dashboard or panel by selecting a predefined interval from a drop-down list, choosing a recently used time range, or specifying custom dates and times. Learn more.
  • If required, configure the refresh interval rate for a dashboard or panel by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the refresh icon.
  • Click the funnel icon in the dashboard top menu bar to filter dashboard with Template Variables.


The Windows - Security Monitoring - Inventory dashboard helps you to quickly assess system inventory and recent system reboots/restarts in order to understand device activity within your environment.

Use case: System inventory and system boots are leading indicators of potential security threats to be aware of, and that may require further attention.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

Critical Events

The Windows - Security Monitoring - Critical Events dashboard helps you when the audit logs are tampered, services are stopped, and ingestion delays go above ten seconds, these are all good indicators that there are action items to be taken to resolve issues within your Windows machines.

Use case: Evaluating unexpected critical events within Windows infrastructure allows for teams to stay on top of any necessary remedial steps.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

Windows Updates

The Windows - Security Analytics - Windows Updates dashboard provides rich visualizations to indicate the ongoing flow of Windows updates within your organization, so that engineering teams are made aware of red flags or update schedules that require updating.

Use case: Assess overall trend lines via the dashboard, and dive into specific events and event types to understand specific update failures.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

Windows Firewall

The Windows - Security Analytics - Windows Firewall dashboard allows you to view Windows Firewall activity including Firewall Service Events, MPSSVC Rule Level Policy Changes, and Filtering Platform Policy Changes.

Use case: Filter by EventID or specific device to analyze traffic patterns within your Windows environments

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

Windows Defender

The Windows - Security Analytics - Windows Defender dashboard is designed to offer visibility into Defender Service Events and Defender Threat Events at the Computer and Trend level.

Use case: Understand cross-sections of service events and threat events, filtered down by specific devices to stay ahead of changing attack surfaces.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

User Group Updates

The Windows - Security Analytics - User Group Updates dashboard provides User Group Updates that are generally a good litmus test for a summarized trend of how successfully Windows groups are being updated and on a correct cadence depending on policy requirements.

Use case: Aligning group update schedules to existing policies within your organization, and informing future policy changes as well based on triangulation against security events tied to update changes.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

User Authentication

The Windows - Security Analytics - User Authentication dashboard points to snapshots of trends for successful logins as well as unsuccessful logins.

Use case: Unsuccessful logins in particular will indicate potential threats including brute-force attempts.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

User Account Changes

The Windows - Security Analytics - User Account Changes dashboard shows user accounts created, deleted, locked out, as well as password changes for a given account.

Use case: Begin with the summarized visuals in the left columns, and navigate to the right column details to understand specific computers and subjects involved in the given activity.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

TLS Certificates and Secure Channels

The Windows - Security Analytics - TLS Certificates and Secure Channels dashboard indicates TLS Certificate and Secure Channel activity and associated computers, trends, and latest events.

Use case: By mapping changes in certificates and associated trends, teams can identify areas of improvement for current TLS Certificate deployments.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards

Default Accounts Usage

The Windows - Security Analytics - Default Accounts Usage dashboard allows you to filter Default Accounts Usage by EventID, Computer, SubjectUserName, and TargetUserName.

Use case: Honeycomb visuals also point to potential hotspots, or in other words specific computers that may require further attention relative to typical expected behavior within your organization.

Windows cloud Security Analytics dashboards
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