Ensure that Activity Log Retention is set 365 days or greater

Ensure activity log retention is set for 365 days or greater.

Risk Level: Low
Cloud Entity: Log Profile
CloudGuard Rule ID: D9.AZU.LOG.01
Covered by Spectral: Yes
Category: Global


LogProfile should have properties.retentionPolicy.enabled='true' and properties.retentionPolicy.days>=365


From Portal

  1. Go to Activity log
  2. Select Export
  3. Set Retention (days) is set to 365 or 0
  4. Select Save

From TF
Set the 'enabled' and 'days' arguments under 'azurerm_monitor_log_profile' as below:

resource "azurerm_monitor_log_profile" "example" {
	retention_policy {
		enabled = true
		days    = NUMBEROFDAYS

From Command Line

az monitor log-profiles update --name LOGPROFILENAME --set retentionPolicy.days=365 retentionPolicy.enabled=true


  1. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-monitor/essentials/activity-log
  2. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/monitor/log-profiles?view=azure-cli-latest#az-monitor-log-profiles-update
  3. https://registry.terraform.io/providers/hashicorp/azurerm/latest/docs/resources/monitor_log_profile

Log Profile

The Azure activity log captures control/management activities performed on a subscription. By default, the Azure Portal retains activity logs only for 90 days. The Log Profile defines the type of events that are stored or streamed and the outputs���storage account and/or event hub. The Log Profile, if configured properly, can ensure that all activity logs are retained for longer dur

Compliance Frameworks

  • AZU PCI-DSS 4.0
  • Azure CloudGuard Best Practices
  • Azure HITRUST v9.5.0
  • Azure ITSG-33
  • Azure NIST 800-53 Rev 5
  • CloudGuard Azure All Rules Ruleset