Audit Trail Monitor


Audit Trail monitors alert you when a specified type of audit event exceeds a user-defined threshold over a given period of time.

Monitor creation

To create an Audit Trail monitor in Datadog, use the main navigation: Monitors –> New Monitor –> Audit Trail.

Define the search query

Define a search query for your Audit Events. Search queries follow the same search syntax as in the Log Explorer.

For example, if you want to be alerted when a specific API key is making a certain number of requests, set count by to that API key ID, You can then group by a specific user ID,, or user email,, to receive a notification specifying which user is making the request.

Set alert conditions

Set an alert threshold for the value you want to be alerted on. For example, if you want to be alerted when the number of API requests reaches 15 or above, set the alert threshold for number of API requests to Alert threshold > 15. Set the warning threshold to any number before 15 to receive a warning prior to a threshold being met.

You can also choose to never resolve, or to automatically resolve, an event from a triggered state. Set a value between [Never] (default) and After 24 Hours.

Say what’s happening

Create a notification name. For example, API requests threshold met for {{[].name}}. You can use variables to automatically populate a username, email, etc. in the title to quickly gain insight into which account or user is triggering an alert.

Create a monitor message. This can include the steps required for team members to resolve an incident if one is occurring.

You can then select a value from [Never] to Every 24 Hours to renotify you if the monitor has not been resolved. You can also set tags and priority to better correlate data in the event of an incident.

Configure notifications and automations

Select services and team members to notify. For example, you can alert your on-call compliance team with PagerDuty, or alert your team by Slack or email to begin assessment of the alert.

You can also select if you want to notify a service or team when an alert is modified with the Do Not Notify dropdown option.

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