Smart reports and insights in the Security & Compliance Center

Important

The improved Microsoft 365 security center is now available in public preview. This new experience brings Defender for Endpoint, Defender for Office 365, Microsoft 365 Defender, and more into the Microsoft 365 security center. Learn what's new. This topic might apply to both Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Defender. Refer to the Applies To section and look for specific call-outs in this article where there might be differences.

Applies to

If you are part of your organization's Microsoft for 365 for business security team and have the necessary permissions assigned in the Security & Compliance Center, you can access a variety of reports, including smart reports and insights. Read this article to get an overview of these reports and insights, and where to go to learn more about specific reports.

Smart reports and insights overview

Monitoring capabilities available in the Security & Compliance Center include smart reports and insights that enable your security and compliance administrators to focus on high-priority issues, such as security attacks or increased suspicious activity. In a dashboard, smart reports and insights resemble the following image:

The Reports dashboard in the Security & Compliance Center

In addition to highlighting problem areas, smart reports and insights include recommendations and links to view and explore data and also take quick actions. For example, if your organization suddenly has a high number of email messages being marked as spam by end users, you might be advised to revisit your anti-spam policies to ensure the right level of protection is in place.

Types of reports in the Security & Compliance Center

A wide variety of reports are available in the Security & Compliance Center. (Go to Reports > Dashboard to get an all-up view.) The following table lists available reports with links to learn more:


Type of information How to get there Where to go to learn more
Security & Compliance Center reports (all up)

Top insights and recommendations, and links to Security & Compliance reports, including data loss prevention reports, labels, email security reports, Defender for Office 365 reports, and more

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Reports > Dashboard Monitor and view reports in the Microsoft 365 security center
Data loss prevention

Data loss prevention policy matches, false positives and overrides, and links to create or edit policies

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Data loss prevention > Policy View the reports for data loss prevention
Data governance

Information about how labels are applied, labels classified as records, label trends, and more

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Information governance > Dashboard View the data governance reports
Threat management dashboard (this is also referred to as the Security dashboard)

Threat detections, malware trends, top targeted users, details about sent and received email messages, and more

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Threat management > Dashboard View reports for Defender for Office 365
Threat explorer (also referred to as Explorer) or Real-time detections

Suspected malware detected in email and files in Microsoft 365

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Threat management > Explorer or Real-time detections
Threat Explorer (or real-time detections)
Defender for Office 365 and email security reports

Email security and threat protection reports (including malware, spam, phishing, and spoofing reports)

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Reports > Dashboard View reports for Defender for Office 365

View email security reports in the Security & Compliance Center

Mail flow

Information about sent and received email messages, recent alerts, top senders and recipients, email forwarding reports, and more

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Mail flow > Dashboard and Reports > Dashboard Mail flow insights in the Security & Compliance Center

View mail flow reports in the Security & Compliance Center

GDPR compliance

Information about GDPR compliance, including links to data subjects, label trends, and active & closed cases

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Data privacy > GDPR dashboard General Data Protection Regulation Summary
Audit log

Information about Microsoft 365 activities, users, files or folders, and more

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Search & investigation > Audit log search Search the audit log in the Security & Compliance Center
Compliance reports

FedRAMP reports, governance, risk and compliance reports, ISO information security management reports, and Service Organization Controls audit and assessment reports

In the Security & Compliance Center, go to Service assurance > Compliance reports Plan for security & compliance in Office 365

Monitor and view reports in the Microsoft 365 security center

Protect against threats in Office 365