A log metric filter and alert should exist for SQL instance configuration changes

WARNING: This rule is being deprecated on 17 June 2024.


It is recommended that a metric filter and alarm be set up for SQL instance configuration changes.


Monitoring changes to SQL instance configuration changes may reduce the time needed to detect and correct SQL server misconfigurations. Below are a few configurable options that may impact the security posture of an SQL instance: • Enable auto backups and high availability: Misconfiguration may adversely impact business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability • Authorize networks: Misconfiguration may increase exposure to untrusted networks


Enabling logging may result in your project being charged for the additional logs usage.


From the console

Create the prescribed log metric

  1. Go to Logging/Logs-based Metrics by visiting https://console.cloud.google.com/logs/metrics and clicking CREATE METRIC.

  2. Click the down arrow icon on the Filter Bar at the top right corner and select Convert to Advanced Filter.

  3. Clear any text and add:

  4. Click Submit Filter. Display logs appear based on the filter text.

  5. In the Metric Editor menu on the right, fill out the name field. Set Units to 1 (default) and Type to Counter. This ensures that the log metric counts the number of log entries matching the user’s advanced logs query.

  6. Click Create Metric.

Create the prescribed alert policy

  1. Go to https://console.cloud.google.com/logs/metrics. Under the User-defined Metrics section, identify the newly created metric.
  2. Click the kebab icon in the rightmost column for the new metric and select Create alert from Metric.
  3. Leave the Enter a Monitoring filter field as is.
  4. Set Rolling window function to delta.
  5. Under Across time series, set the Time series aggregation field to count.
  6. Navigate to Configure trigger using the left-hand panel and leave the default value of threshold for Condition type.
  7. Choose the alerting threshold and trigger conditions that make most sense for your organization. For example, a Threshold value of 0 and an Alert trigger of Any time series violates ensures that a notification is triggered for every SQL instance configuration change in the project.
  8. Navigate to Notifications and name to configure your desired notification channel and alerting policy name.
  9. Navigate to Review alert and validate that all values look as expected. Then, click CREATE POLICY.

From the command line

  1. Create the prescribed log metric using the following command:
    gcloud beta logging metrics create
    Reference for command usage
  2. Create the prescribed alert policy using the following command:
    gcloud alpha monitoring policies create
    Reference for command usage


  1. https://console.cloud.google.com/logs/metrics
  2. https://cloud.google.com/monitoring/custom-metrics/
  3. https://cloud.google.com/monitoring/alerts/
  4. https://cloud.google.com/logging/docs/reference/tools/gcloud-logging
  5. https://cloud.google.com/storage/docs/overview
  6. https://cloud.google.com/sql/docs/
  7. https://cloud.google.com/sql/docs/mysql/
  8. https://cloud.google.com/sql/docs/postgres/
  9. https://cloud.google.com/sdk/gcloud/reference/beta/logging/metrics/create
  10. https://cloud.google.com/sdk/gcloud/reference/alpha/monitoring/policies/create