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Viewing Access History

SailPoint Access History enables organizations to view historical access data for identities.

About Access History

The SailPoint Identity Platform uses historical access analytics to provide a richer experience and understanding of access transactions for individual identities. You can view access history in different ways and quickly identify abnormal access, validate that changes in access occur as you expect, and identify access that may need to be removed for an identity. Your data source—for example, IdentityNow or IdentityIQ—determines the types of access available to view.

To launch Access History, select Admin > Identities > Access History in the SailPoint interface. Use Access History's top navigation to access the following:

  • Access History - A timeline of access events, including detailed information about change events for an identity.
  • Compare Access - A calendar to compare the difference in access between two dates, including details about what was added and removed during that time
  • View Profile - A view of identity attributes

Best Practice

To follow the principle of least privilege in your IdentityNow system, grant report admin user level permissions to employees that you want to have view access to the Access History and Data Explore interfaces. For more information, refer to Report Admin User Level.

Searching for Identities

The Access History identity list includes active and deleted identities in your organization. The first 20 identities are presented in alphabetical order along with a search field and filter to find any identity in the organization.

Identities that are no longer found within IdentityIQ or IdentityNow are marked with the Deleted icon . Having access to historical data for deleted identities can be helpful for auditing purposes.

To view access information for an identity, complete the following steps in the Access History interface:

  1. Use one of the following methods to find a specific identity:

    • Start entering an identity name in the Search Identities box

    • Select the Filter icon to filter identities. Enabling a filter reduces the identity list to only identities of that type.


      If your tenant was created recently, you will not be able to access the Identity Filter.

      Access history identity filter.

  2. Select the identity name.

  3. After you have found a specific identity, select Access History, Compare Access, or View Profile to display data related to the identity.

Viewing Access Changes in the Access History Timeline

The Access History page highlights an identity's access changes, displays general information about access items, and provides a record of change events.

Select Access History in the top navigation to display the Access History page.

Finding Access Changes

Use the Access Changes panel to navigate changes by month or day as follows:

  1. Select an identity name. The Access History page for that identity displays.

  2. Select Month or Day to change the scope of the timeline.

  3. Use the arrows to scroll through the timeline. A node outlined in blue indicates a change occurred during that month or day. Gray indicates no change.

  4. Select a blue node to view the timestamp for each change in a drop-down menu.

  5. Select a timestamp to view details about that specific change in the Access Items and Event Timeline sections below.

Reviewing Access Items

After selecting a timestamp, the Access Items panel displays tiles with counts for Accounts, Entitlements, and Roles. If you have IdentityNow as a data source, tiles for Access Profiles and Apps will also be displayed.

Use the Access Items panel to review access items as follows:

  1. Select the tile for an access item type to display the list of relevant access items. For example, select the Accounts tile to display a list of accounts that an identity had access to on the day of the selected timestamp.

  2. Select the tile again to collapse the view.

Reviewing the Event Timeline

In the Event Timeline panel, you can scroll through a chronological list of all access changes that were made to the identity on the day of the selected timestamp, as well as any other changes leading up to that time.

The following changes are displayed in the event timeline:

  • Governance events such as certifications and access requests


    If your tenant was created recently, you will not be able to view governance timeline events.

  • Access items added or removed, along with information about the related governance event

  • Attribute changes for accounts and identities

There are a couple ways to change what is displayed in the Event Timeline:

  • Select Filter to filter the timeline by specific access items (added, removed, or all), access requests, certifications, or attribute changes.

  • Select Requested Items to view an expanded list of access requests, along with general information such as description, approver, and decision.

Comparing Access Over Time

Select Compare Access in the top navigation to display the Compare Access page and compare access snapshots between two dates for an identity.

To compare access for an identity between two dates, complete the following steps:

  1. Select an identity name.

  2. Select Compare Access in the top navigation.

  3. Under Date Compare Access, enter two dates.

    Access History takes a snapshot of the access items on each entered date at the time of the last access change of the day. If there were no access changes on the entered date, Access History goes back in time and compares a snapshot of access from last access change before the entered date.

  4. Select Compare.

    The Compare Access Details panel displays tiles with counts for Accounts, Entitlements, and Roles that were added or removed. If you have IdentityNow as a data source, tiles for Access Profiles and Apps will also be displayed.

    Compare Access only shows details if access changes occurred, so if you compare two dates and only zero counts are displayed in the tiles, then no change occurred between those dates.

  5. Select a tile to display a detailed side-by-side comparison about what access was added or removed in the area below the tiles.

    For example, the expanded Access Profiles list below shows that between April 1 and April 30 this employee's Netherlands access profiles were removed and U.S. access profiles were added. This likely indicates that the employee transferred from the Netherlands location to the U.S. location during this time.

    To find out exactly when such a change occurred, you could navigate to Access History and select the timestamp associated with April change events.

Viewing Identity Profile Attributes

You can view the specific attributes associated with an identity as follows:

  1. Select an identity name.

  2. Select View Profile in the top navigation to display identity attributes such as job title, department, country, and usage location.

Visualizing Data with Data Explore

This document describes how to track and visualize data about your governance environment over time with Data Explore, part of Access Insights.

About Data Explore

Making data-informed decisions is crucial to running an effective and innovative identity governance program. Data Explore puts all of your organization's identity data at your fingertips, making it easy to:

  • Monitor new governance-focused metrics across your organization

  • Generate and share interesting insights and knowledge with leadership

  • Present historical data for post-event analysis and reporting

To access Data Explore, select Admin > Dashboard > Data Explore in the SailPoint interface. Use Data Explore's top navigation to access the following:

  • Sources - A list of tables representing the columns of data being tracked, and parameters available for querying

  • Charts - A space to create queries and generate visualizations based on the query results

  • Dashboards - A set of visualizations, including prebuilt and custom combinations of charts


The source account totals displayed in Data Explore are filtered compared to the source account totals displayed in IdentityNow. The source account totals in Data Explore reflect only accounts that match authoritative identities not in an error state (that is, the required identity attributes of last name, email, and UID have all been populated).

Best Practice

To follow the principle of least privilege in your IdentityNow system, grant report admin user-level permissions to employees that you want to have view access to the Access History and Data Explore interfaces. For more information, refer to Report Admin User Level.

Exploring Data in Tables

The tables available in Data Explore represent your SailPoint Identity Platform data source. Tables are defined and maintained by SailPoint.

To explore your tables and determine how they affect what can be displayed in visualizations:

  1. In Data Explore, select Sources > Tables to display the list of tables available for your data source.

  2. Select the magnifying glass icon next to a table name to display additional information on the Show Table page.

  3. Use the tabs on the Show Table page to determine how your data is exposed and define the fields available in the Charts interface.

    • Detail - Provides detailed information about the table.

    • Columns - Lists table columns and provides selectable parameters that define the fields displayed in the Charts page.

      For example, if the Filterable and Is temporal parameters are both checked for a column, it will be available for filtering when choosing a query time period in the Charts interface. Refer to Creating Charts for more information.

    • Metrics - Displays the metrics available to you when querying the table. Metrics define the value axis for a visualization, so you can determine what type of data to expect in a visualization.

      For example, the following images show the COUNT(*) metric and how it is expressed in the Top 10 Departments chart. Because COUNT(*) is the only metric available, you can only view departments by number count. If multiple metrics exist for a table, you can sort by multiple metrics in your chart. You cannot add or remove metrics.

Creating Charts

Charts are generated from the results of a query, so you'll need to start by creating a query based on the subset or "slice" of data you're interested in.

Your query becomes a chart only after you build a visualization and save it. A chart is a saved query paired with a visualization.

To create a query and generate a visualization for it:

  1. Select Sources > Tables to display the tables available for querying. Refer to Exploring Data in Tables for more information.

  2. Navigate to the query page. You can start a query in a couple ways:

    • Go to Sources > Tables, and select a table entry in the list.

    • Go to Charts, and select the Add Record icon to add a new chart. Select a Datasource (table) and Visualization Type, and select Create new chart.

    Both ways bring you to the same query / visualization page you use to create charts.

    a. On the Data tab, adjust the Visualization Type and Query options. The available query options depend on the type of visualization you choose.

    b. On the Visual Properties tab, adjust visualization properties like color and timestamp format.

    c. To better understand the data that will be returned for your selections, select the Menu icon in the top right to list the query, results, and samples.

    d. Select Run Query to refresh the visualization after you change the type and query options.

  3. When you have finished creating the visualization, select Save to enter a chart name and optionally add the chart to a dashboard.

    If you don't add the chart to a dashboard at this time, it will be available on the Charts page (along with any other charts you have saved), for ad hoc analysis or to be included in a dashboard later. Refer to Displaying Charts in Dashboards for more information.

Working with Charts

Select Charts to access the Charts page which displays a list of all the charts you have saved.

Here, you can work with charts as follows:

  • Filter the chart list
  • Select a chart name to go to the query / visualization page
  • Inspect and edit chart details
  • Delete charts

Displaying Charts in Dashboards

You can create dashboards that include multiple charts to provide a more complete and personalized view of your data. The information in each chart automatically refreshes every time you access a dashboard that includes that chart.

To display a list of existing dashboards, select Dashboards in Data Explore.

A dashboard can only be edited by its creator, but you can save a copy of any dashboard with a different name and then make changes to the new dashboard.

Exploring Prebuilt Dashboards

Data Explore comes with prebuilt dashboards to provide you with a clear and comprehensive view of key governance data across your organization.

Your organization's configuration determines the data available for display and the available filters, so data might not be displayed in all of the charts in a prebuilt dashboard.

To explore prebuilt dashboards, select Dashboards, then select either Employee Dashboard, Request Statistics, or Certification Statistics.

You can select the More icon on any chart in a dashboard to dive deeper into the individual chart's query and adjust the chart settings. Refer to Creating Charts for more information.

Employee Dashboard

The Employee dashboard provides a snapshot of your core identity data and allows you to dynamically filter by identity attributes.

For example, filter by Finance for department and San Francisco for location to display how many new identities have been added in the last quarter to the San Francisco office's Finance department or display the top roles held by identities in that department and location.

This dashboard includes the following charts:

  • Number of identities
  • New identities by quarter
  • Accounts by source
  • Employees by department by location
  • Employees by location by title
  • Employees by state
  • Top job titles
  • Top roles
  • Top access profiles
  • Top entitlements

Request Statistics Dashboard

The Request Statistics dashboard provides a number of views into your request activity, such as application, entitlement, and role requests by popularity, location, and department.

For example, you can display your organization's most-requested applications to inform IT investment decisions or help determine which apps new hires will likely need to access.

This dashboard includes the following charts:

  • Number of requests by department - 1 yr
  • Number of requests by location - 1 yr
  • Average request time by location
  • Most requested entitlements
  • Most requested roles
  • Most requested applications
  • Approved vs rejected by app

Certification Statistics Dashboard

The Certification Statistics dashboard uncovers data about your certifiers and certification activity, helping you improve and ensure adherence to governance policies. You can filter by certifier location, department, and job title to further focus your exploration.

For example, filter by the Accounting department to display your top certifiers' activity in that department, possible issues with certification timelines, and Accounting-wide certification activity.

  • The Certification Statistics dashboard includes the following charts:
  • Most revoked entitlements
  • The number of decisions by department
  • Top certifiers with analytics around their approval activity
  • Late certifiers and their number of days late

Creating a New Dashboard

You can create your own dashboards to supplement the prebuilt dashboards that SailPoint provides.

You need at least one chart to create a dashboard. If you have not created any charts, do that first, or use existing charts from the list on the Charts page.

There are two ways to create a new dashboard: on the Dashboards page or when saving a new chart.

On the Dashboard page:

  1. Select Dashboards, and then select the Add Record icon to add a new dashboard.

  2. Provide the following information for your dashboard: a title, the charts to include, the owner, and any JSON and CSS to use to customize the dashboard.

  3. Select Save to create the dashboard.

When saving a new chart:

  1. When saving a new chart, select Add to new dashboard and enter a name for the dashboard.

  2. Select Save & go to dashboard. Your new chart appears in your new dashboard.

Your new chart and dashboard also appear in the lists on the Charts page and Dashboards page, respectively.

Sharing and Exporting Data, Visualizations, and Dashboards

You can easily export and share your data, visualizations, or dashboards with others.

Exporting Data

Table and chart data on the query / visualization page can be exported as a CSV or JSON file.

  • Select the Export .json icon to export the .json file and save or copy the data.

  • Select the Export .csv icon to save data as a .csv file.

Sharing Visualizations

On the query / visualization page, select the Link icon to copy the URL associated with the visualization and share it with other authenticated users.

Sharing Dashboards

On a Dashboard page, select Edit dashboard > Share dashboard to copy the URL associated with the dashboard and share it with other authenticated users.