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Integrating Network Analytics Logs with your SIEM dashboard

Integrating Network Analytics Logs with your SIEM dashboard

We’re excited to announce the availability of Network Analytics Logs. Magic Transit, Magic Firewall, Magic WAN, and Spectrum customers on the Enterprise plan can feed packet samples directly into storage services, network monitoring tools such as Kentik, or their Security Information Event Management (SIEM) systems such as Splunk to gain near real-time visibility into network traffic and DDoS attacks.

What’s included in the logs

By creating a Network Analytics Logs job, Cloudflare will continuously push logs of packet samples directly to the HTTP endpoint of your choice, including Websockets. The logs arrive in JSON format which makes them easy to parse, transform, and aggregate. The logs include packet samples of traffic dropped and passed by the following systems:

  • Network-layer DDoS Protection Ruleset
  • Advanced TCP Protection
  • Magic Firewall
  • Note that not all mitigation systems are applicable to all Cloudflare services. Below is a table describing which mitigation service is applicable to which Cloudflare service:

    Mitigation System
    Cloudflare Service

    Magic Transit
    Magic WAN

    Network-layer DDoS Protection Ruleset

    Advanced TCP Protection

    Magic Firewall

    Packets are processed by the mitigation systems in the order outlined above. Therefore, a packet that passed all three systems may produce three packet samples, one from each system. This can be very insightful when troubleshooting and wanting to understand where in the stack a packet was dropped. To avoid overcounting the total passed traffic, Magic Transit users should only take into consideration the passed packets from the last mitigation system, Magic Firewall.

    An example of a packet sample log:


    All the available log fields are documented here: about creating an API token on the Cloudflare Developers website: about using Splunk with Cloudflare Logpush on the Cloudflare Developers website: about creating an HTTP Event Collector token on Splunk’s website:

    3) Create a Cloudflare Logpush job

    Creating and enabling a job is very straightforward. It requires only one API call to Cloudflare to create and enable a job.

    To send the API calls I used Postman, which is a user-friendly API client that was recommended to me by a colleague. It allows you to save and customize API calls. You can also use Terminal/CMD or any other API client/script of your choice.

    One thing to notice is Network Analytics Logs are account-scoped. The API endpoint is therefore a tad different from what you would normally use for zone-scoped datasets such as HTTP request logs and DNS logs.

    This is the endpoint for creating an account-scoped Logpush job:{account-id}/logpush/jobs

    Your account identifier number is a unique identifier of your account. It is a string of 32 numbers and characters. If you’re not sure what your account identifier is, log in to Cloudflare, select the appropriate account, and copy the string at the end of the URL.{account-id}

    Then, set up a new request in Postman (or any other API client/CLI tool).

    To successfully create a Logpush job, you’ll need the HTTP method, URL, Authorization token, and request body (data). The request body must include a destination configuration (destination_conf), the specified dataset (network_analytics_logs, in our case), and the token (your Splunk token).




    Authorization: Define a Bearer authorization in the Authorization tab, or add it to the header, and add your Cloudflare API token.

    Body: Select a Raw > JSON

    "destination_conf": "{your-unique-splunk-configuration}",
    "dataset": "network_analytics_logs",
    "token": "{your-splunk-hec-tag}",
    "enabled": "true"

    If you’re using Splunk Cloud, then your unique configuration has the following format:


    Definition of the variables:

    {your-splunk-hostname}= Your allocated Splunk Cloud hostname.

    {channel-id} = A unique ID that you choose to assign for.`{your-splunk–hec-token}` = The token that you generated for your Splunk HEC.

    An important note is that customers should have a valid SSL/TLS certificate on their Splunk instance to support an encrypted connection.

    After you’ve done that, you can create a GET request to the same URL (no request body needed) to verify that the job was created and is enabled.

    The response should be similar to the following:

        "errors": [],
        "messages": [],
        "result": {
            "id": {job-id},
            "dataset": "network_analytics_logs",
            "frequency": "high",
            "kind": "",
            "enabled": true,
            "name": null,
            "logpull_options": null,
            "destination_conf": "{your-unique-splunk-configuration}",
            "last_complete": null,
            "last_error": null,
            "error_message": null
        "success": true

    Shortly after, you should start receiving logs to your Splunk HEC.

    Read more about enabling Logpush on the Cloudflare Developers website:

    Reduce costs with R2 storage

    Depending on the amount of logs that you read and write, the cost of third party cloud storage can skyrocket — forcing you to decide between managing a tight budget and being able to properly investigate networking and security issues. However, we believe that you shouldn’t have to make those trade-offs. With R2’s low costs, we’re making this decision easier for our customers. Instead of feeding logs to a third party, you can reap the cost benefits of storing them in R2.

    To learn more about the R2 features and pricing, check out the full blog post. To enable R2, contact your account team.

    Cloudflare logs for maximum visibility

    Cloudflare Enterprise customers have access to detailed logs of the metadata generated by our products. These logs are helpful for troubleshooting, identifying network and configuration adjustments, and generating reports, especially when combined with logs from other sources, such as your servers, firewalls, routers, and other appliances.

    Network Analytics Logs joins Cloudflare’s family of products on Logpush: DNS logs, Firewall events, HTTP requests, NEL reports, Spectrum events, Audit logs, Gateway DNS, Gateway HTTP, and Gateway Network.

    Not using Cloudflare yet? Start now with our Free and Pro plans to protect your websites against DDoS attacks, or contact us for comprehensive DDoS protection and firewall-as-a-service for your entire network.

    Source:: CloudFlare