Export Summary Notifications

This page describes how to create an AppScript to find, parse, and upload the summary email dispatched from Forseti Security to BigQuery.

Before you begin

To complete this guide, you’ll need the following:

Setting up configurations

Filtering your email notifications

Create a Gmail filter to automatically label email that has the subject “Inventory Snapshot Complete.” You can use a simple label name like “Forseti.”

Creating an AppScript project

  1. Create an AppScript project with the following function, and save it with a temporary name.

     gmail_label = "forseti";
     message_subject = "Inventory Snapshot Complete";
     gcp_projectname = "" ;
     gcp_bigquery_datasetid = "";
     gcp_bigquery_tableid =  "";
     function GmailRead_forseti() {
       var label_pending = GmailApp.getUserLabelByName(gmail_label);
       var threads = label_pending.getThreads(0,3);
       for (var t in threads) {
        var thread = threads[t];
        var subject = thread.getMessages()[0].getSubject();
        var message = thread.getMessages()[0].getPlainBody();
        var dateofmessage = thread.getMessages()[0].getDate();
        var formattedDate = Utilities.formatDate(dateofmessage, "GMT", "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss'Z'");
        var n = subject.indexOf(message_subject);
        if (n>=0) {
          var result = message.substring(message.indexOf("organizations")).replace(/ /g, ",").split(",\n").join("\n").slice(0, -1);
          var result = result.replace("Unknown", 0)
          var result = result.replace(/^/gm, formattedDate+",");
          var data = Utilities.newBlob(result, 'application/octet-stream')
          var job = {
            configuration: {
              load: {
                destinationTable: {
                projectId: gcp_projectname,
                datasetId: gcp_bigquery_datasetid,
                tableId: gcp_bigquery_tableid
              skipLeadingRows: 0
          job = BigQuery.Jobs.insert(job, gcp_projectname, data);
         Logger.log('Load job started. Check on the status of it here: ' +
           'https://bigquery.cloud.google.com/jobs/%s', gcp_projectname);
  2. Migrate the temporary AppScript project to your GCP project:
    1. Select Resources > Cloud Platform project.
    2. On the Cloud Platform project dialog that appears, paste your GCP Project ID, then click Set Project.
  3. In your AppScript project, paste your GCP Project ID as the gcp_projectname variable value:

    gcp_projectname = "your_project_id";
  4. Enable the BigQuery API for the AppScript project under Resources > Advanced Google Services.

Creating a BigQuery dataset and table

  1. Go to BigQuery and select the project you’re using for this guide.
  2. On the project menu, click Create new dataset and type a name in the Dataset ID box, then click OK.
  3. On the dataset menu, click Create new table.
  4. In the Create Table panel that appears, select Create empty table next to Source Data.
  5. Add a Destination table name.
  6. Under Schema, click Edit as Text. In the box that appears, paste the following:

  7. Click Create Table.

Configuring the AppScript project

  1. In your AppScript project, paste the names of the dataset and table you created as the values for the gcp_bigquery_datasetid and gcp_bigquery_tabletid variables:

     gcp_bigquery_datasetid = "your_dataset_id";
     gcp_bigquery_tableid= "your_table_id";
  2. Configure the script to run daily:

    1. Select Edit > Current project’s triggers.
    2. Click to add a new trigger.
    3. On the Hour timer dropdown, select Day timer.
    4. On the time dropdown, select the time you want the script to run, then click Save.

The script will now run at the time you selected and export details from the Forseti notification email to BigQuery.