Your SharePoint farm contains lots of data, some of which is mission-critical, sensitive or regulated. Conducting regular SharePoint security audits will help you make sure the level of security reflects the importance of the data, as well as stay on top of security issues that could put your data at risk. With the right SharePoint security reporting tool, you can automate much of the auditing process, making it both more efficient and more reliable.
Monitoring your Microsoft SharePoint items with native audit log reports can help you understand who has done what with the sites, lists, libraries, content types, list items and library files in your site collections. However, using native SharePoint reporting for security auditing has important drawbacks. First, the reports are bulky Excel spreadsheets, so not only will you have to spend a lot of time paging through them and tweaking the filters, but you are likely to miss suspicious user activity or other important information in all the noise of routine events. Moreover, native tools don’t provide critical functionality like alerting, report subscriptions and search across all collected data, which are essential to detecting suspicious activity in its early stages and investigating an incident in time to mitigate the damage. Therefore, investing in a third-party SharePoint security audit tool can be a wise decision.
Netwrix Auditor for SharePoint gives you unmatched visibility into SharePoint access events and changes to content and permissions (whether assigned directly or inherited through SharePoint groups). A wide variety of SharePoint security reports are included out of the box, and you can also easily build your own custom reports using the Interactive Search. Since you can pull up any report in seconds, or subscribe to any report you want to review on a regular basis, you can detect suspicious activity in its early stages. You can even set up alerts on activities you consider risky to ensure an even faster response.
Moreover, the Netwrix Auditor platform gives you a single-pane-of-glass view of changes in many other applications and systems, including Office 365. This broad visibility helps you harden your security posture even further: You can spot suspicious activity across the entire infrastructure, instantly view all the critical details and quickly investigate potential threats, so you can promptly respond to incidents and take steps to prevent similar issues from happening in the future.