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Enable and Embrace Turnkey SharePoint Forensics in Microsoft 365

Hey there, fellow guardians of digital sanctity! In today's digital landscape, the importance of robust security measures cannot be overstated. As organizations increasingly rely on platforms like Microsoft 365 for collaboration and document management, ensuring the integrity and security of sensitive data becomes paramount. One often overlooked aspect of this security framework is the ability to conduct thorough forensic investigations when incidents occur. In this article, we address a common question we often receive from users regarding the utilization of SharePoint audit logs in forensic investigations and introduce an effective solution to streamline this process.


It's a common scenario: users within an organization find themselves unable to directly access SharePoint audit information. Instead, they must enlist the help of an administrator to retrieve this data, a process that can be time-consuming and inefficient. Compounding this issue is the fact that SharePoint audit logs are only available for a limited duration, typically up to 180 days or 1 year, depending on the Microsoft license type in use.


Whether you're a SharePoint site owner, subject matter expert, or a regular user, the inability to access real-time audit history for documents poses a significant challenge. Without this access, users are left in the dark regarding the actions taken on their documents, including sharing, external access, and modifications made by others.


The ramifications of being unable to access to SharePoint audit logs directly in SharePoint Online are profound. Not only does it represent a potential security risk, but it also inhibits organizations from effectively monitoring and mitigating threats. Without visibility into document activities, organizations are unable to discern unauthorized access or malicious behavior, leaving them vulnerable to data breaches and compliance violations.


Enter Audit Vault for Microsoft 365 — a comprehensive solution designed to address these challenges head-on. By leveraging Audit Vault for M365, organizations can preserve, retain, and allow users to view SharePoint document audit log history from within SharePoint Online for as long as necessary. This unlocks a wealth of forensic capabilities, allowing users to delve into the who, what, where, when, and how of document activities.

  • Unlock Forensics:
    Gain insight into user actions, including document access, modifications, and sharing activities from Office 365 audit logs
  • Importance of SharePoint Forensics:
    Highlight the significance of proactive monitoring and investigative capabilities in safeguarding organizational assets.
  • Use cases:
    Unleash the power of SharePoint forensics with real-world scenarios such as:
    • See all audit history for a document in SharePoint
    • See when a document link was shared externally and who it was accessed by
    • Track all documents accessed by a specific user
    • Analyze a user's activity over a defined period
    • Easily identify the device (managed device status) and IP address associated with document edits or modifications

Document Audit History to the Rescue:

“From looking at my document’s Audit History – I could see that Adam had just viewed and downloaded a critical document vital to our business strategy and roadmap. Adam shouldn’t have access to view or download these documents, with this knowledge I was able to correct the permissions oversight and ensure that only authorized users can view my critical document.”


The benefits of having access to comprehensive audit logs extend far beyond forensic investigations. By directly exposing document audit history within SharePoint itself, organizations empower their end users to identify and address potential security threats at the source. In addition, the built-in SharePoint audit reports and insights allows your organization’s security analysts to identify and respond to potential threats more swiftly. Furthermore, the ability to easily assign or restrict permissions to access your SharePoint audit logs ensures that sensitive data remains protected at all times.

Microsoft 365 Audit Logs Retained for as long as you like.

Don't Be Caught Without Audit Vault for M365

In conclusion, the ability to conduct turnkey SharePoint forensics within Microsoft 365 is not just a luxury—it's a necessity. In today's ever-evolving threat landscape, organizations cannot afford to overlook the importance of proactive monitoring and investigative capabilities. With Audit Vault for Microsoft 365, organizations can unlock the full potential of their SharePoint audit logs, enabling them to stay one step ahead of emerging threats and safeguard their most valuable assets. Don't be caught without the tools you need to protect your organization's digital footprint—embrace SharePoint forensics today.

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