OneDrive for Business is part of Microsoft Office 365, which also includes Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, Azure Active Directory, Power BI and other hosted services. OneDrive for Business is a cloud storage where employees can store business-related files that, unlike files stored in SharePoint Online, rarely need to be shared with other team members. Therefore, it often contains sensitive data, and careful monitoring is required to ensure the safety and integrity of that data. Proper OneDrive for Business auditing and reporting will help you strengthen data security and tighten control over user and admin activities.
As an Office 365 admin, you can manage OneDrive for Business through the Office 365 management console, called the admin center. This is where you can manage security and sharing settings, control user activity like data access and syncing, run predefined auditing reports, and manage the audit log. The audit log records changes to content, security and sharing settings, as well as data access events. If you want to see activity across your Office 365 organization, you can use the unified Office 365 audit log, available in the Security & Compliance Center, which is responsible for recording user and admin activities across the various Office 365 applications. Though native reporting provides visibility into the most important events, it has several important limitations:
Netwrix Auditor makes Office 365 auditing easy. It delivers OneDrive for Business reporting, as well as SharePoint Online and Exchange Online reporting. Netwrix Auditor reports on both access events and changes, including changes to content, security and sharing settings, mailbox permissions, policies and more. You can choose from a variety of predefined reports or easily create custom reports based on your specific requirements. All predefined and custom reports have a subscription option, so reports can be delivered automatically to your email on the schedule you choose. The two-tiered (file-based + SQL database) storage enables you to store audit data for more than 10 years, while ensuring quick and easy access to the data through the whole retention period. Moreover, Netwrix Auditor is a part of a unified platform that provides complete visibility into changes and data access throughout your hybrid IT infrastructure, including Active Directory, Azure AD, Microsoft SQL Server and more, empowering you to strengthen data security and tighten control over user and admin activity across your entire infrastructure.