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Cloud Asset Inventory is enabled

Description

GCP Cloud Asset Inventory is a service that provides a historical view of GCP resources and IAM policies through a time-series database. The information recorded includes metadata on Google Cloud resources, metadata on policies set on Google Cloud projects or resources, and runtime information gathered within a Google Cloud resource.

Rationale

The GCP resources and IAM policies captured by GCP Cloud Asset Inventory enables security analysis, resource change tracking, and compliance auditing. It is recommended GCP Cloud Asset Inventory be enabled for all GCP projects.

Additional Information

  • Cloud Asset Inventory only keeps a five-week history of Google Cloud asset metadata. If you need a longer history, consider building automation to export the history to Cloud Storage or BigQuery.

Default Value

The Cloud Asset Inventory API is disabled by default in each project.

Remediation

From the console

  1. Go to API & Services/Library by visiting https://console.cloud.google.com/apis/library
  2. Search for Cloud Asset API and select the result for Cloud Asset API
  3. Click the ENABLE button.

From the command line

  1. Enable the Cloud Asset API through the services interface
    gcloud services enable cloudasset.googleapis.com
    

References

  1. https://cloud.google.com/asset-inventory/docs