SharePoint permissions and security auditing

Gain insight into user activity. The SharePoint security audit tool to monitor, organize, and secure your environment. Customizable Sharepoint permissions audit reports quickly let you manage Microsoft 365. Knowledge is power.

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SharePoint site collection administration, simplified

Trying to get a handle on user activity in your Microsoft environment? Like audit log reports, but easier. Use our series of pre-built reports, like the SharePoint permissions matrix report, or customize your own. Adjust your SharePoint site settings the way you want, right out of the box. Schedule reports at a frequency that works for you to maximize regulatory compliance and records management.

How to configure audit settings for SharePoint Online


SharePoint content and usage audit

Choose from an extensive selection of pre-built reports, or customize your own and keep up with the latest actions taken in your environment.


Manage and audit SharePoint permissions

This SharePoint security audit tool lets you run a site permissions security audit with no scripting required. Validate, monitor, and edit SharePoint permissions for internal and external users alike.

Bulk Updates

Bulk updates based on SharePoint audit results

Apply changes in bulk based on audit log data to streamline your administrative duties and prevent errors.

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Let audit data guide your decision-making

Reports can provide you with crucial information to plan a migration or manage your SharePoint environment. ShareGate provides built-in customizable reports, designed to get you more specific information, with a direct line to take action.

Reports for easier SharePoint Online management:

  • Site Report
  • Checked Out Documents Report
  • Site Collection Report
  • Unused Site Report
  • Workflow Report
  • Lists with Workflows Report

Reports for better SharePoint security:

  • Permissions Matrix Report
  • Audit Report
  • Orphaned User Report
  • External Sharing Report
  • Sites with Custom Permissions Report
  • External User Report
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Learn how to audit SharePoint with ShareGate

SharePoint security, user activity monitoring, and content organization are what we love to optimize at ShareGate. We’ll keep you on your toes, helping you to pivot with organizational change and make the most out of Microsoft.

SharePoint audit FAQ

How do I audit SharePoint?  

SharePoint’s audit logs let you carry out a whole range of audits on your SharePoint farms and, depending on your needs, let you measure how often different sites are edited, what different users and administrators are doing and see what kinds of changes they are making across the farm.

Being able to collect and analyze this information is key to helping you better manage the platform. The configuration of a new or existing site should be done by your site collection administrator. Configuration settings can be found in the Site Actions section, within site settings.

From here, you’ll be able to view Audit log reports and select the specific type of report you need. Once the right report has been selected, you can download this to Excel and filter the report by date range, viewing the permission history of an item among other factors. The SharePoint audit log will include the following information:

1. The site from which an event originated
2. Item ID, type, name, and location.
3. User ID associated with the event.
4. Event type, date, time, and source.
5. Action taken on the item.

Understand the SharePoint audit log:

How do I check SharePoint audit logs?  

SharePoint audit logs allow you to better understand your SharePoint environment by gaining visibility into who is opening SharePoint files and folders in any site collection and what they are doing with this data. You can sort, filter and analyze what your users have been working on within sites, lists, libraries, content types, list items and files.

Understand your SharePoint environment with audit logs:

You can view the audit log report by going to the ‘site actions’ menu and clicking ‘site settings’; from there click ‘modify all site settings’; In the ‘Site Collection Administration’ section, select ‘Audit log reports’; then select the type of report you need.

How do you audit permissions in SharePoint Online?  

Conducting a regular audit of SharePoint permissions in your environment is critical for security.

ShareGate’s built-in permissions matrix report helps you uncover the permissions and access given to users and groups in your SharePoint and Microsoft environment.

The permissions matrix report enables you to quickly identify which users have access to what in one clean and comprehensible matrix—saving you valuable time that would otherwise be spent performing the repetitive tasks required to monitor and manage permissions regularly.

You can run the report on multiple site collections at once, and it will work the same whether you’re using SharePoint, Microsoft 365, or both in a hybrid scenario.

With the results from the Permissions Matrix Report, you can see:

1. All user and group permissions and each one’s permission level
2. Objects that have inherited permissions
3. Microsoft 365 external users (including pending invitations and anonymous guest links)

Learn more about how to manage permissions with ShareGate’s Permissions Matrix.

Permissions matrix report documentation here

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