Palo Alto Networks Cortex Data Lake (previously called the Logging Service)  provides cloud-based logging for our security products, including our next-generation firewalls, GlobalProtect cloud service, and Traps management service. Cortex Data Lake  lets you collect ever-expanding volumes of data without needing to plan for local compute and storage, and is ready to scale from the start. Once you're sending logs to Cortex Data Lake, you can start leveraging Cortex apps that analyze and report on your network, cloud, and endpoint data.

This cloud-based logging infrastructure is available in two regions—Americas and European Union. Review the Cortex Data Lake privacy datasheet for details on how network data is captured, processed, and stored.

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About Roles


You need the right role to activate and manage Cortex Data Lake and other Cortex apps.

Forward Cortex Data Lake Logs


Use the Log Forwarding app—free with Cortex Data Lake—to forward logs stored in Cortex Data Lake to a Syslog or email server.

Explore Your Cortex Data Lake Logs


The new Explore app—free with Cortex Data Lake—allows you to search, view, and filter log data stored in Cortex Data Lake.