Monitor EKM usage

You can use Cloud Monitoring to monitor your external key manager (EKM) connection. The following metrics can help you understand your EKM usage:


This page shows you how to create a dashboard to track metrics related to your Cloud EKM keys and external key manager connection, such as request counts and latencies. For more information about these metrics, see cloudkms metrics. For more information about the dashboard creation process described in the following sections, see Managing dashboards by API.

Before you begin

The steps on this page assume the following:

Required roles

To get the permissions that you need to create dashboards using the gcloud CLI, ask your administrator to grant you the following IAM roles on your project:

For more information about granting roles, see Manage access.

These predefined roles contain the permissions required to create dashboards using the gcloud CLI. To see the exact permissions that are required, expand the Required permissions section:

Required permissions

The following permissions are required to create dashboards using the gcloud CLI:

  • monitoring.dashboards.create
  • monitoring.dashboards.delete
  • monitoring.dashboards.update

You might also be able to get these permissions with custom roles or other predefined roles.

Create a dashboard to monitor your EKM

To monitor the status of your EKM, create a dashboard that monitors your request count and latencies:

  1. Download the dashboard configuration: ekm-dashboard.json.

  2. Create a custom dashboard with the configuration file by running the following command:

    gcloud monitoring dashboards create \

View your EKM dashboard

  1. In the Google Cloud console, go to the Monitoring page, or use the following button:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. Select Resources > Dashboards and view the dashboard named Cloud KMS EKM.

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