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The Dropbox app for Sumo Logic allows you to monitor and analyze Dropbox usage data for your organization, offering insight into user activity, file access, sharing, and collaboration. This app is based on the Cloud-to-Cloud Dropbox Source, which allows Dropbox and Sumo Logic to work together seamlessly.

The Dropbox app makes it simple to import data from your Dropbox account into Sumo Logic, where you can perform real-time analysis and create dashboards to visualize key metrics. You can gather information about user activity and file access, track changes in file and folder ownership, and track collaboration across your organization.

The Dropbox app for Sumo Logic offers several useful features:

  • Monitor and analyze your Dropbox usage data in real-time.
  • Gain insights into file access, sharing, and collaboration across your organization.
  • Detect anomalous behavior and potential security threats, and customize dashboards to track key performance indicators.
  • Customize dashboards to visualize important metrics and track key performance indicators.

To help you get started quickly, the app provides pre-built dashboards and searches that display important Dropbox usage metrics like top users, file access patterns, and shared files. In summary, the Dropbox app for Sumo Logic provides you with the necessary tools to monitor and analyze your organization's Dropbox usage data, giving you valuable insights into user behavior and potential security risks.

Log types

The Dropbox App for Sumo Logic uses Team events from Dropbox to generate logs that can be used for monitoring and analysis. To access more information about the specific fields for the v2 version of Dropbox events, refer to the Migration guide, which provides a comprehensive list of available log types.

Sample log message

"timestamp": "2017-08-14T06:49:20Z",
"event_category": {
".tag": "file_operations"
"actor": {
".tag": "user",
"user": {
".tag": "team_member",
"account_id": "dbid:ABCDMCvPlupS23WsLcsxD1q0I-fTX7gxRw",
"display_name": "John Smith",
"email": "",
"team_member_id": "dbmid:ABCD_JXBjElUPaMLW7XewoH7F1euVwLQceo"
"origin": {
"geo_location": {
"city": "San Francisco",
"region": "California",
"country": "US",
"ip_address": ""
"host": {
"host_id": 1000000000
"access_method": {
".tag": "end_user",
"end_user": {
".tag": "web"
"involve_non_team_member": false,
"context": {
".tag": "team_member",
"account_id": "dbid:ABCDMCvPlupS23WsLcsxD1q0I-fTX7gxRw",
"display_name": "John Smith",
"email": "",
"team_member_id": "dbmid:ABCD_JXBjElUPaMLW7XewoH7F1euVwLQceo"
"assets": [
".tag": "file",
"path": {
"contextual": "/folder/office.jpg",
"namespace_relative": {
"ns_id": "1122112231",
"file_id": "id:1111111111AAAAAAAAAAAA",
"event_type": {
".tag": "file_add",
"description":"Added files and/or folders."
"details": {
".tag": "file_add_details"

Sample query

Active Team Members
| json "$['actor']['.tag']","$['actor']*['.tag']","$['actor']*['account_id']","$['actor']*['display_name']","$['actor']*['email']","$['actor']*['team_member_id']","$['event_type']['.tag']","$['event_type']['description']","details.app_info.display_name", "origin.geo_location.ip_address", "","$['event_category']['.tag']","involve_non_team_member" as actor,actor_is_team_member,actor_account_id, actor_display_name, actor_email,actor_team_member_id, event_type, event_type_description, app_name,location,country, event_category,involve_non_team_member nodrop
| where actor matches"{{actor}}"
| where event_category matches"{{event_category}}"
| where country matches"{{country}}" or isNull(country)
| where involve_non_team_member matches "{{involve_non_team_member}}"
| json field=actor_email "[0]" as email nodrop
| if(isNull(email),,email) as email
| json field=actor_display_name "[0]" as name nodrop
| if(isNull(name),actor,name) as name
| json field=actor_is_team_member "[0]" as true_value_actor_is_team_member | where %"true_value_actor_is_team_member" = "team_member"
| where actor matches "*admin*" or actor matches "*user*"
| timeslice 1h
| count_distinct(actor_email) by _timeslice
| sort by _timeslice

Collecting Logs for Dropbox app

This section provides instructions for setting up Cloud-to-Cloud-Integration for Dropbox Source to create the source and use the same source category while installing the app.

Installing the Dropbox 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 Dropbox 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.
  • You can use template variables to drill down and examine the data on a granular level. For more information, see Filter with template variables.
  • Most Next-Gen apps allow you to provide the scope at the installation time and are comprised of a key (_sourceCategory by default) and a default value for this key. Based on your input, the app dashboards will be parameterized with a dashboard variable, allowing you to change the dataset queried by all panels. This eliminates the need to create multiple copies of the same dashboard with different queries.


The Dropbox - Overview dashboard provides valuable insights on the activities of active members, uniquely linked applications, and login events. It also offers a summary of user agent activity, analyzes the distribution of all event categories within Dropbox, displays the geolocations of all events, identifies the most frequent event types within important event categories, and tracks recently added team members.

Moreover, the dashboard provides an overview of all events related to internal and external sharing within the team, including the sharing of files and folders with external domains. Overall, this dashboard offers comprehensive information about the team's activity and facilitates efficient monitoring of various important events.

File Statistics

The Dropbox - File Statistics dashboard offers visibility into team members' file operations, including the most frequent file operations, geolocations of file operations, linked apps, and user activity. Additionally, it displays recent file operations along with associated assets.

Logins, Devices & Sessions

The Dropbox - Logins, Devices & Sessions dashboard provides visibility into login geolocations, including risky countries, and displays a table view of successful device links. It also presents the distribution of team-linked and user-linked apps. Additionally, the dashboard lists users with frequent device IP changes and frequent failed login attempts to monitor for potential breaches.

Team Admin Actions

The Dropbox - Team Admin Actions dashboard displays the most frequent actions performed by administrators and provides a table view of the top active admins along with their respective countries. It also shows all recent admin activities for easy monitoring.

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