Control: 2.2 Ensure that sinks are configured for all log entries


It is recommended to create a sink that will export copies of all the log entries. This can help aggregate logs from multiple projects and export them to a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM).

Log entries are held in Cloud Logging. To aggregate logs, export them to a SIEM. To keep them longer, it is recommended to set up a log sink. Exporting involves writing a filter that selects the log entries to export, and choosing a destination in Cloud Storage, BigQuery, or Cloud Pub/Sub. The filter and destination are held in an object called a sink. To ensure all log entries are exported to sinks, ensure that there is no filter configured for a sink. Sinks can be created in projects, organizations, folders, and billing accounts.


From Console

  1. Login to GCP console and navigate to Logging.
  2. Click the down arrow symbol on Filter Bar at the rightmost corner and select Convert to Advanced Filter.
  3. This step converts Filter Bar to Advanced Filter Bar.
  4. Clear any text from the Advanced Filter field. This ensures that the log-filter is set to empty and captures all the logs.
  5. Click Submit Filter and the result should display all logs.
  6. Click Create Sink, which opens a menu on the right.
  7. Fill out the fields and click Create Sink.

From Command Line

  1. To create a sink to export all log entries in a Google Cloud Storage bucket:
gcloud logging sinks create <sink-name> storage.googleapis.com/DESTINATION_BUCKET_NAME
  1. Sinks can be created for a folder or organization, which will include all projects.
gcloud logging sinks create <sink-name> storage.googleapis.com/DESTINATION_BUCKET_NAME --include-children -- folder=FOLDER_ID | --organization=ORGANIZATION_ID


  • A sink created by the command-line above will export logs in storage buckets. However, sinks can be configured to export logs into BigQuery, or Cloud Pub/Sub, or Custom Destination.
  • While creating a sink, the sink option --log-filter is not used to ensure the sink exports all log entries.
  • A sink can be created at a folder or organization level that collects the logs of all the projects underneath bypassing the option --include-children in the gcloud command.
  • By default, there are no sinks configured.


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