New email alerts and location for easier alert centre management

What’s changing

Google is making some improvements to the alert centre for G Suite. Specifically they are:

  • Moving the location of alert management for predefined admin alerts in the Admin console to the system defined rules section.
  • Adding optional email notifications for more alerts.

Who’s impacted

Admins only

Why you’d use it

Google hopes that this will help you identify and take action to resolve potential issues affecting your domain. To get the most out of the alert centre, you could also sign up for Google’s recently announced beta, which will help you collaborate and track the status of alerts within your domain, as well as triage faster with insights from related alerts.

How to get started

Additional details

Moving alert management location

  • The alert management controls for predefined alerts could previously be found at Admin console > Reporting > Alerts. They will now be at Admin console > Security > Alert center > Settings (gear icon).
  • These predefined admin alerts include:
  • There will be no change to any settings (whether email alerts are on or off, or the email subscriber list for any alerts) or the content of the alerts. Google is just moving where you should go to manage them. There will also be no change to the location of custom alerts. For the moment, they will still be at Admin console > Reporting > Alerts.

Email notification options for more alerts 

  • Google is adding an option to get email notifications for several existing alerts that previously didn’t have the option to receive emails.
  • These alerts include:
    • Domain data export initiated
    • Phishing message detected post-delivery
    • Spike in user-reported spam, and others
  • For each alert, you can choose whether to turn them on or off, and to specify which email address the alerts should go to.
  • The email alerts will be on by default. To change or turn off email alerts, they can be adjusted at Admin console > Security > Alert centre (gear icon), or directly access the new System defined rules section.