Control: 2.12 Ensure that Cloud DNS logging is enabled for all VPC networks


Cloud DNS logging records the queries from the name servers within your VPC to Stackdriver. Logged queries can come from Compute Engine VMs, GKE containers, or other GCP resources provisioned within the VPC.

Security monitoring and forensics cannot depend solely on IP addresses from VPC flow logs, especially when considering the dynamic IP usage of cloud resources, HTTP virtual host routing, and other technology that can obscure the DNS name used by a client from the IP address.

Monitoring of Cloud DNS logs provides visibility to DNS names requested by the clients within the VPC. These logs can be monitored for anomalous domain names, evaluated against threat intelligence.

For full capture of DNS, firewall must block egress UDP/53 (DNS) and TCP/443 (DNS over HTTPS) to prevent client from using external DNS name server for resolution.


From Command Line

Add New DNS Policy With Logging Enabled:

For each VPC network that needs a DNS policy with logging enabled

gcloud dns policies create enable-dns-logging --enable-logging -- description="Enable DNS Logging" --networks=VPC_NETWORK_NAME

Enable Logging for Existing DNS Policy:

For each VPC network that has an existing DNS policy that needs logging enabled

gcloud dns policies update POLICY_NAME --enable-logging -- networks=VPC_NETWORK_NAME


  • The VPC_NETWORK_NAME can be one or more networks in comma-separated list
  • Cloud DNS logging is disabled by default on each network.
  • Only queries that reach a name server are logged. Cloud DNS resolvers cache responses, queries answered from caches, or direct queries to an external DNS resolver outside the VPC are not logged.


steampipe check gcp_compliance.control.cis_v120_2_12


This control uses a named query: