Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

WAF Metrics

You can monitor the health, capacity, and performance of your WAF policies by using metrics, alarms, and notifications.

This topic describes the metrics emitted by the metric namespace oci_waf (the WAF service).

Overview of the WAF Service Metrics

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a cloud-based global security service that protects applications from malicious and unwanted internet traffic. The WAF service metrics help you measure various levels of traffic encountering your WAF policies, including non-malicious traffic. For more information, see Overview of the Web Application Firewall Service.


  • IAM policies: To monitor resources, you must be given the required type of access in a policy  written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. The policy must give you access to the monitoring services as well as the resources being monitored. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which compartment  you should work in. For more information on user authorizations for monitoring, see the Authentication and Authorization section for the related service: Monitoring or Notifications.
  • Permissions are required to allow monitoring, alarm, and notification (ONS) definition for users in a group for all compartments. The following policies must be configured in the root compartment:

    Allow group <WAFMonitors> to read metrics in compartment <CompartmentName>
    Allow group <WAFMonitors> to manage alarms in compartment <CompartmentName>
    Allow group <WAFmonitors> to manage ons-family in compartment <CompartmentName>

Available Metrics: oci_waf

The metrics listed in the following table are automatically available for any policies you create. You do not need to enable monitoring on the resource to get these metrics. However, you must have the policy properly set up with web traffic passing through it to make the oci_waf metric space available in the Metrics Explorer feature. Policies with no web traffic emit no metric data.

Metric Metric Display Name Unit Description Dimensions
NumberOfRequests Requests count The total number of requests serviced by the WAF.










Traffic Traffic bytes Data egress from the WAF (compressed by default) measured in one minute intervals.
Bandwidth Bandwidth B/s (bytes per second)

Bandwidth rate calculated by dividing total data egress in a minute by 60.

NumberOfRequestsDetected Detects count The number of requests that triggered a detect (alert) for a WAF policy. resourceID



The following dimensions are available for WAF metrics:

Dimension Description Sample Values
  • blocked
  • passed
  • redirected
Country Two-letter country code where the request originated.
  • US
  • BZ
  • CN
Module The rule type that was triggered by the request.
  • access_rules
  • captcha
  • threat (threat intelligence)
  • modsecurity (protection rule)
  • origin
  • fp_challenge (device fingerprint)
PrimaryDomain Web domain of the WAF policy.
ResponseCode HTTP response.
  • 200
  • 403
  • 404
ResponseCodeGroup HTTP response status code series.
  • 2XX
  • 4XX
  • 5XX
ResourceId The OCID of the WAF policy. ocid1.waaspolicy.oc1..aaaaaaaayan6dy54hpfxqc45tofjjr6sgzd36atchdlxubpqma5bkejkjv7r

Multiple dimensions can be combined and aggregated to form ad-hoc subset reports of telemetry.

Using the Console

WAF service metrics are currently only available using the Metrics Explorer feature in the Console. For more information about metrics, see Viewing Metric Charts.

Any metric/dimension combination can be used as criteria for alarms. Alarms can leverage Oracle Notification Service for alerting through communication mechanisms like email and pagerduty.

To view WAF metric charts

Using the API

Use the following APIs for monitoring: