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Create your own audit report views

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With M365 Security Plus, you can view audit reports with ease. The audit reports are categorized based on the type of service, including Exchange Online, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams. Everybody likes to have loads of data to have a detailed look at what’s happening in their Microsoft 365 environment. However, sometimes too much data is also a problem.

For example, when it comes to admin activities, information about the admin and the operation performed might be enough. However, for failed login attempts—which might be a brute-force attack—you need the client IP and the country to pinpoint the source of the attack.

At that crucial juncture, you have to extract the required data as soon as possible, and you can't manually go through all that data. This is where custom views come in handy. M365 Security Plus lets you create your own report views to display only the required parameters. You can save the views you create so there’s no need to filter the data each and every time. Using these views and the correct amount of data, you can make crucial decisions in seconds. All other data at that point of time is junk.

Navigate to the Audit & Monitoring section, select the Audit tab, and choose the Microsoft 365 service and category of your choice. Once you enter the prompted inputs, the report will be generated, after which you can create audit report views in three ways:

  • Filtered data:
    • Click the Filter icon in the top-right corner of the report.
    • Enter the condition based on which the data must be filtered.
    • Click Generate.
    • Click Save on the top pane of the generated report.
    • Type a custom name in the pop-up and click OK.
  • Summarized data:
    • Click Create New View in the top-right corner of the report.
    • Enter a custom name for the view.
    • Select the columns you want to view in Summary Based On.
    • Select Create.
  • Summarized data that is filtered: Once you have filtered the data from a report of your choice, click Create New View and select the desired column under Summary Based On. Click Create to generate a new view tab. Now you will get filtered data summarized based on the attribute or column that you chose.

To learn more about how M365 Security Plus comes in handy while using Microsoft 365, click here.