Frequently asked questions

Can I limit who views which projects?
Yes. Permissions for Security Command Center can be applied at the organization, folder, and project level. For more information on Security Command Center roles, see Access control.
How can I export data?
To export data from Security Command Center, use the API or the Google Cloud console. For more information about using the Google Cloud console, see Exporting Security Command Center data.
Does Security Command Center support more assets like BigQuery?
Security Command Center supports discovery and inventory of BigQuery datasets. A future release will add support for BigQuery tables. We prioritize the addition of new products and resources based on customer feedback and demand.
Does Security Command Center support alerting and setting alert policies?

The Security Command Center API includes a notifications feature that sends information to a Pub/Sub topic to provide findings updates and new findings within minutes. Notifications include all finding information displayed in the Google Cloud console. To get started, see Setting up finding notifications.

Security Command Center also provides an App Engine application that enables you to define custom queries for the Notifier app. The Notifier app and other Security Command Center tools become obsolete as their full functionalities are added to Security Command Center features. For now, you can use the app to publish your queries to a user-defined Pub/Sub topic and integrate the feed with email and SMS. Support is offered on best-effort basis only for all Security Command Center tools.

When are new features released, and when can we expect bug fixes?
Security Command Center is in GA, so we release regular bug fixes and functionality as available.
How fresh is the Security Command Center data that's displayed in the Google Cloud console?
Data freshness depends on finding source and the time of the most recent asset scan. For more information, see the assets and findings sections on the using Security Command Center page.
Why is the OPEN_FIREWALL module not producing findings for some of my firewall rules containing the source IP range ?

Your firewall rule may contain a destination port which explicitly does not produce findings.

There may be several reasons why findings are not being created. The firewall rule may be configured as a DENY rule. Your firewall rule may permit network traffic that utilizes protocols or ports explicitly ignored by the module. Findings are created for rules allowing traffic from any IP addresses ( of any protocol or to any port (applicable to TCP, UDP, and SCTP protocols) with the exceptions noted below.

Findings aren't created for the following protocols:

  • ICMP
  • TCP 443 (HTTPS)
  • TCP 22 (SSH)
  • SCTP 22 (SSH)
  • TCP 3389 (RDP)
  • UDP 3389 (RDP)
Which types of findings are set to INACTIVE automatically, and which types of findings need to be marked as INACTIVE manually?

A finding's type determines whether or not Security Command Center automatically sets the state field of a finding to INACTIVE after it is resolved. The following list explains the different finding types and whether Security Command Center sets the finding's state to INACTIVE automatically or not:

Vulnerability findings

Vulnerability findings are automatically updated to INACTIVE after the remediation steps for vulnerabilities are completed. Vulnerability findings are also automatically updated to INACTIVE if the vulnerable asset is deleted. Rapid Vulnerability Detection, Security Health Analytics, and Web Security Scanner detectors generate vulnerability findings that are available in Security Command Center. When they are enabled in Security Command Center, integrated services, like VM Manager, also generate vulnerability findings.

Threat findings

Threat findings represent observation of one or more events, like execution of a process or initiation of a network connection.

After a threat finding is resolved, Security Command Center does not automatically set the state to INACTIVE. The state of a threat finding remains active unless you change the state manually.

Threats differ from vulnerabilities in that they are dynamic and indicate a possible active exploit against one or more resources, which is why your security personnel must use the information in Security Command Center findings to determine the best ways to remediate issues and secure resources against future attacks.

If your investigation determines that a threat finding is a false positive, consider creating a mute rule for the finding instead and leaving the state as ACTIVE.

Error Findings

Error findings are automatically marked as INACTIVE after issues in the configuration are remediated. Error detectors generate findings that point to issues in the configuration of your Security Command Center environment. These configuration issues prevent services (also known as finding providers or sources) from generating findings.

Who do I contact if I have questions about Security Command Center service tiers?
For questions regarding Security Command Center service tiers, please contact your account representative or contact Google Cloud sales.