Scheduled Reports and Notifications

You can schedule an Alert Logic report to run periodically and receive an email notification when the report is generated. If you need to generate a compliance report on a regular schedule, for example, you can schedule the report and then receive the report or a confirmation that the report generated successfully. Scheduled reports also offer Alert Logic partners a way to generate reports regularly and deliver them to their customers.

Reports generated from schedules are saved and available for review and download. When the report is ready, a notification can be sent to your email, emails of other users, or even a connector like a webhook.

For more information about the Notifications feature, see Notifications and Manage Notifications.

Create a report schedule and notification

After you set up the report you want to schedule, you can create the schedule and subscribe users and/or a connector to receive a notification when the report is ready.

To create a report schedule and notification:

  1. From the Reports page in the Alert Logic console, access the report you want to schedule.
  2. Set up the report criteria.
  3. Click SCHEDULE THIS REPORT to open the Schedule a Report page.
  4. Some reportscannot be scheduled because they are tabular reports primarily downloaded as CSV files not PDF files. If the report cannot be scheduled, the option appears grayed out.
  5. Type a descriptive name for the report schedulefor example, "Daily Health Summary Report for Security Team."
  6. If you want the schedule to be active, leave Schedule Is Active turned on. Turn it off if you want to save the schedule but not activate it yet.
  7. Specify how often you want to generate the report. For reports designed to be generated daily, weekly, or monthly, the frequency is selected for you.
    • DailyEvery day, generates the report for the previous day.
    • WeeklyEvery Monday, generates the report for the previous calendar week (MondaySunday).
    • MonthlyThe first day of the month, generates the report for the previous calendar month.
  8. Select the time you want Alert Logic to generate the report, using the 24-hour clock standard. Alert Logic schedules the report in the time zone reported by your web browser.
  9. (Optional) Under Report Settings, check the report criteria. If you want to change the settings, click CANCEL to go back to the report and change the criteria there. To change the report settings for an existing schedule, set up the report with the new settings, create the schedule, and then delete the old schedule if you want.
  10. To subscribe users to receive a notification email, click Subscribe User(s), and then:
    1. Under Notification Delivery, select the users that you want to receive the notification. The list includes your name and user names in the customer account. You can use the search bar to help you find recipients.
    2. (Optional) Customize the Email Subject. You can change the text and insert variables enclosed with double braces: {{variable}}. For the variable list, see Email subject variables.
    3. If you want to send the report as a PDF file attachment, select the Attach PDF File check box. If you leave it cleared, the email will provide only a link to the Downloads page with the list filtered to display the report generated by the schedule.
    4. The PDF report attachment is unencrypted and may contain sensitive information about your organization.
  11. To subscribe a connector to receive a notification, click Subscribe Connector, and then select a configured connector under Notification Delivery. The connector URL will receive the payload listed.
  12. Click SAVE.

Email subject variables

To customize the subject line of an email notification, you can add the following variables to the Email Subject field:

Variable Description Example
{{artifact_create_date}} Date and time when the report was generated 2020-05-11 12:00 GMT
{{cadence}} Frequency of report generation and when it is run Daily, 12:00 GMT
{{cid}} Customer account identifier 12345678
{{customer_name}} Customer name of the Alert Logic account where the report was generated XYZ Corporation
{{report_id}} Report identifier 20200511-120000-652A6542-D5F7-3E0C-7290-AD4F789B61E0
{{report_type}} Name of scheduled report as displayed in the Alert Logic console Daily Health Summary
{{schedule_id}} Schedule identifier 652A6542-D5F7-3E0C-7290-AD4F789B61E0
{{scheduled_report_name}} Report schedule name Daily Health Summary Report for Security Team

View and manage report schedules and notifications

You can view and manage report schedules and their notifications from the Notifications page. To access the Notifications page, click the Settings icon () in the Alert Logic console, and then click Notifications. The Schedules tab on the Notifications page lists existing report schedules and the number of recipients notified when the scheduled report is generated.

See Manage Notifications for information about how to:

  • Filter the list
  • View report schedule details
  • Delete report schedules and notifications
  • Edit report schedules and notifications
  • View the interactive report related to a schedule
  • Open a list of reports generated by a schedule

View list of reports generated by a schedule

The Downloads page lists all reports generated by your report schedules. From this page, you can download and manage generated reports. To access the Downloads page, click the Downloads tab on the Reports page.

The list includes all reports in your customer account and its managed accounts. You can narrow the set of reports listed by using the filters in the left navigation.

Filter the report downloads list

The Downloads page lists all reports generated from report schedules. You can apply filters to narrow the list to a specific set of reports.

To filter the report downloads list:

  1. In the left navigation, click any of the filters to narrow the list. Available filters vary according to the schedules in your environment and filters you select.
    • DisplayYou can use this filter to display the latest reports only.
    • ScheduleYou can use this filter to display only the reports generated by a specific schedule
  2. To search for a filter, type a filter value in Search filters. For example, you can quickly find downloads for a specific schedule by typing part of the schedule name.
  3. To clear filters and start over, delete text from Search filters (if applicable) or select CLEAR ALL FILTERS.

Search by date to filter the list

You can use the date range drop-down menu at the top of the downloads list to filter the reports by generation date. Click the menu and then use the calendar to select a date range.

Download a report generated by a schedule

To the right of the report you want to download, click Download. If you select more than one report, the download is a compressed file containing the selected report PDF files.

Delete reports generated by a schedule

Click the icon next to one or more reports you want to delete, and then click the DELETE icon.

If you want to delete all reports currently listed, select the check box at the top of the list. On the bar that appears at the bottom of the page, click the DELETE icon.