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Abnormal Security Source


Abnormal Security is a behavioral AI-based email security platform that learns the behavior of every identity in a cloud email environment and analyzes the risk of every event to block the most sophisticated attacks.

The Abnormal Security integration ingests threat data identified by the abnormal threat log using the Abnormal Security API.

Data Source

The Abnormal Security source fetches the list of threat IDs using the Threats API, and for each threat ID it fetches details of the threat using the Threat Details API.

Set up and configuration

The Abnormal Security source requires you to provide an authentication token. To obtain the token, follow the steps below.

  1. Sign in to the Abnormal Security platform.
  2. In the Manage section, click on the Settings option.
  3. In the Settings section, click on the Integrations option.
  4. Scroll down to the Additional Integrations section and click + Connect on the Abnormal REST API card to display an integration page for your organization.
  5. In the IP Safelist field, enter the IP addresses for your deployment.
  6. Copy and save the Access token.


The Abnormal Security source is a security platform that provides AI-based email security. When you create an Abnormal Security source, it goes through the following stages.

  1. Pending. Once the Source is submitted, it is validated, stored, and placed in a Pending state.
  2. Started. A collection task is created on the Hosted Collector.
  3. Initialized. The task configuration is complete in Sumo Logic.
  4. Authenticated. The Source successfully authenticated with Abnormal Security.
  5. Collecting. The Source is actively collecting data from Abnormal Security.

If the Source has any issues during any one of these states, it is placed in an Error state. When you delete the Source, it is placed in a Stopping state. When it has successfully stopped, it is deleted from your Hosted Collector. On the Collection page, the Health and Status for Sources is displayed. You can click the text in the Health column, such as Error, to open the issue in Health Events to investigate.

Create Abnormal Security Source

When you create an Abnormal Security Source, you add it to a Hosted Collector. Before creating the source, identify the Hosted Collector you want to use or create a new Hosted Collector. For instructions, see Configure a Hosted Collector.

To configure an Abnormal Security Source, follow the steps below:

  1. In Sumo Logic, select Manage Data > Collection > Collection
  2. On the Collection page, click Add Source next to a Hosted Collector.
  3. Search for and select Abnormal Security.
  4. Enter a Name for the Source. The description is optional.
  5. (Optional) For Source Category, enter any string to tag the output collected from the Source. Category metadata is stored in a searchable field called _sourceCategory.
  6. (Optional) Fields. Click the +Add button to define the fields you want to associate. Each field needs a name (key) and value.
    • green check circle.png A green circle with a check mark is shown when the field exists in the Fields table schema.
    • orange exclamation point.png An orange triangle with an exclamation point is shown when the field doesn't exist in the Fields table schema. In this case, an option to automatically add the nonexistent fields to the Fields table schema is provided. If a field is sent to Sumo Logic that does not exist in the Fields schema, it is ignored, also known as dropped.
  7. Enter the Access Token for authorization collected from the Abnormal Security platform.
  8. When you are finished configuring the Source, click Save.

Error types

When Sumo Logic detects an issue, it is tracked by Health Events. The following table shows the three possible error types, the reason for the error, if the source attempts to retry, and the name of the event log in the Health Event Index.

TypeReasonRetriesRetry BehaviorHealth Event Name
ThirdPartyConfigNormally due to an invalid configuration. You'll need to review your Source configuration and make an update.No retries are attempted until the Source is updated.Not applicableThirdPartyConfigError
ThirdPartyGenericNormally due to an error communicating with the third-party service APIs.YesThe Source will retry indefinitely.ThirdPartyGenericError
FirstPartyGenericNormally due to an error communicating with the internal Sumo Logic APIs.YesThe Source will retry indefinitely.FirstPartyGenericError

Restarting your Source

If your Source encounters ThirdPartyConfig errors, you can restart it from either the Sumo Logic UI or Sumo Logic API.


To restart your source in the Sumo Logic platform, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Collection page, and go to Manage Data > Collection > Collection.
  2. Select the source and click the information icon on the right side of the row.
  3. The API usage information popup is displayed. Click the Restart Source button on the bottom left.
  4. Click Confirm to send the restart request.
  5. The bottom left of the platform will provide a notification informing you the request was successful.


To restart your source using the Sumo Management API, follow the instructions below:

  • Method: POST
  • Example endpoint:{collector_id}/sources/{source_id}/action/restart

Sumo Logic endpoints like are different in deployments outside us1. For example, an API endpoint in Europe would begin A service endpoint in us2 (Western U.S.) would begin For more information, see Sumo Logic Endpoints.

JSON configuration

Sources can be configured using UTF-8 encoded JSON files with the Collector Management API. See how to use JSON to configure Sources for details. 

configJSON ObjectYesContains the configuration-parameters of the Source.n/a
schemaRefJSON ObjectYesUse {"type":"Abnormal Security "} for Abnormal Security source.not modifiable
sourceTypeStringYesUse Universal for Abnormal Security.not modifiable

Config parameters

nameStringYesType the desired name of the Source and it must be unique per Collector. This value is assigned to the metadata field _sourcemodifiable
descriptionStringNoType the description of the Source.modifiable
categoryStringNoType the category of the source. This value is assigned to the metadata field _sourceCategory.modifiable
fieldsJSON ObjectNoJSON map of key-value fields (metadata) to apply to the Collector or Source. Use the boolean field _siemForward to enable forwarding to SIEM.modifiable
accessTokenStringYesAccess token used to retrieve abnormal threats.modifiable

JSON example

"api.version": "v1",
"source": {
"config": {
"accessToken": "ABCDEFGH",
"schemaRef": {
"type": "Abnormal Security"
"sourceType": "Security"

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