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Box Source

The Box API integration ingests events from the Get Events API. It securely stores the required authentication, scheduling, and state tracking information.

Rules

  • JSON is the only supported log format
  • Data is collected in five minute intervals.

Authentication

To obtain credentials for accessing Box:

  1. Login into the Box Account.
  2. Create and register a new app from the App Console. To register the App with Box follow these steps. Select Server Authentication (with JWT) as the authentication method. Note that use of a key pair requires 2-step verification to be enabled on Box.
  3. Generate public private key pair as described in the following steps Key Pair and download the JSON file.
  4. Go to the Configuration and change App Access Level to App + Enterprise Access and enable Manage Enterprise properties in Application Scopes and save changes as shown below.
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  5. Authorize your app by following these steps Authorize.

States

A Box Source tracks errors, reports its health, and start-up progress. You’re informed, in real-time, if the Source is having trouble connecting, if there's an error requiring user action, or if it is healthy and collecting by utilizing Health Events.

A Box Source goes through the following states when created:

  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 Box.
  5. Collecting. The Source is actively collecting data from Box.

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. Use Health Events to investigate issues with collection.
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You can click the text in the Health column, such as Error, to open the issue in Health Events to investigate.
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Hover your mouse over the status icon to view a tooltip with details on the detected issue.
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Create a BOX Source

When you create a Box 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 Create a Hosted Collector.

To configure a Box Source:

  1. In Sumo Logic, navigate to Manage Data > Collection and open the Collection tab.
  2. On the Collectors page, click Add Source next to a Hosted Collector.
  3. Select Box.
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  4. Enter a Name for the Source. The description is optional.
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  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. Forward to SIEM. Check the checkbox to forward your data to Cloud SIEM Enterprise.

When configured with the Forward to SIEM option, the following metadata fields are set:

Field NameValue
_siemVendorBox
_siemProductEnterprise Events
_siemFormatJSON
_siemEventID{event_type}
  1. (Optional) Fields. Click the +Add link to add custom log metadata Fields.
    • Define the fields you want to associate, each field needs a name (key) and value.
      • A green circle with a checkmark is shown when the field exists and is enabled in the Fields table schema.
      • An orange triangle with an exclamation point is shown when the field doesn't exist, or is disabled, in the Fields table schema. In this case, an option to automatically add or enable the nonexistent fields to the Fields table schema is provided. If a field is sent to Sumo that does not exist in the Fields schema or is disabled it is ignored, known as dropped.
  2. Upload the JSON file.
  3. Processing Rules. Configure any desired filters, such as allowlist, denylist, hash, or mask, as described in Create a Processing Rule.
  4. When you are finished configuring the Source, click Submit.

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 the error would occur, 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 for up to 90 minutes, after which it quits.ThirdPartyGenericError
FirstPartyGenericNormally due to an error communicating with the internal Sumo Logic APIs.YesThe Source will retry for up to 90 minutes, after which it quits.FirstPartyGenericError

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.

ParameterTypeRequired?DescriptionAccess
configJSON ObjectYesContains the configuration parameters for the Source.
schemaRefJSON ObjectYesUse {"type":"Box"} for a Box Source.not modifiable
sourceTypeStringYesUse Universal for a Box Source.not modifiable

The following table shows the config parameters for a Box Source.

ParameterTypeRequiredDefaultDescriptionAccess
nameStringYesType a desired name of the Source. The name must be unique per Collector. This value is assigned to the metadata field _source.modifiable
descriptionStringNonullType a description of the Source.modifiable
categoryStringNonullType a category of the source. This value is assigned to the metadata field _sourceCategory. See best practices for details.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
credentialsJsonStringYesAuthentication credentials to access Box platform.modifiable

Box Source JSON example

{
"api.version":"v1",
"source":{
"schemaRef":{
"type":"Box"
},
"config":{
"name":"box-test-1",
"fields":{
"_siemForward":false
},
"credentialsJson":"********"
},
"state":{
"state":"Collecting"
},
"sourceType":"Universal"
}
}
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