Akamai EAA Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

This document describes how to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Akamai Enterprise Application Access (EAA) with AuthPoint as an identity provider. Akamai EAA must already be configured and deployed before you set up MFA with AuthPoint.

Akamai EAA can be configured to support MFA in several modes. For this integration, we set up SAML with Akamai EAA.

Akamai EAA Authentication Data Flow with AuthPoint

AuthPoint communicates with various cloud-based services and service providers with the SAML protocol. This diagram shows the data flow of an MFA transaction for Akamai EAA.

The topology diagram

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

Configure Akamai EAA

To start, you must download the metadata file from the Certificate Management page in the AuthPoint management UI. Once you have that, you can configure Akamai EAA.

  1. Log in to WatchGuard Cloud.
  2. From the navigation menu, select Configure > AuthPoint. If you have a Service Provider account, you must first pivot to your Subscriber view.
  3. Select Resources.
  4. Click Certificate.

  1. Next to AuthPoint certificate you will associate with your resource, click and select Download Metadata. We recommend that you choose the certificate with the latest expiration date.

    The AuthPoint metadata provides your resource, in this case Akamai EAA, with information necessary to identify AuthPoint as a trusted identity provider.

  1. Log in to the Akamai EAA management portal as an administrator.
  2. Select Identity > Directories.
  3. Add your group and users in the default Cloud Directory. Make sure the users are bound to your group.
  4. Select Identity > Identity providers.
  5. Click Add Identity Providers.
  6. In the Name text box, type AuthPoint.
  7. (Optional) In the Description text box, type a description for the identity provider.
  8. In Provider Type drop-down list, select Third Party SAML.
  9. Click Create Identity Provider and Configure.
  10. For Identity Intercept, select Use Akamai domain and type your ID.
  11. From the Akamai Cloud Zone drop-down list, select a cloud zone.
  12. Open the AuthPoint metadata file you downloaded and find the SingleSignOnService Location and SingleLogoutService Location values.
  13. In the URL text box, paste the SingleSignOnService Location value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  14. In the Logout URL text box, paste the SingleLogoutService Location value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  15. Next to Upload IDP metadata file, click Choose file and select the AuthPoint metadata file you downloaded.

  1. Click Save and go to Directories.
  2. Click Assign directory.
  3. Select the Cloud Directory that your group and users are bound to.
  4. Click Save and go to Customization.
  5. Click Save and go to Advanced Settings.
  6. Click Save and go to Deployment.
  7. Click Deploy identity provider.
    After a few minutes, the identity provider is successfully deployed.

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  1. Click Done.
  2. In the EAA management portal, create a connector. Then download and install the connector file. For instructions to configure a connector, see Create and Download a Connector in EAA in the Akamai documentation.

  1. Create an application and assign the identity provider you created to the application. Make sure the application is associated with the connector that you created. For instructions to create an application, see Add an Application to EAA in the Akamai documentation.

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Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from Akamai EAA, you must specify the Akamai EAA client as a SAML resource in AuthPoint. You must also assign an access policy for the Akamai EAA resource to the user group(s) that must authenticate to log in.

Add a SAML Resource in AuthPoint

From the AuthPoint management UI:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Resources.
  2. From the Choose a Resource Type drop-down list, select SAML. Click Add Resource.

  1. On the SAML page, in the Name text box, type a name for this resource.
  2. In the Application Type drop-down list, select Akamai.
  3. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, type https://<yourID>.login.go.akamai-access.com/saml/sp/response.
  4. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, type https://<yourID>.login.go.akamai-access.com/saml/sp/response.
  5. From the User ID sent on redirection to service provider drop-down list, select Email.
  6. From the Signature Method drop-down list, select SHA-256.
  7. From the AuthPoint Certificate drop-down list, select the certificate to associate with your resource. This must be the same certificate that you downloaded the metadata for in the previous section.
  8. Click Save.

Add an Access Policy to AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint for authentication with Akamai EAA, and you must assign an access policy for the Akamai EAA resource to that group. If you already have a group, you do not have to add another group.

In the AuthPoint management UI:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Groups.
  2. To add a new group, click Add Group. If you already have a group that you want to use, select the group to edit it.

  1. In the Name text box, type a descriptive name for the group.
  2. (Optional) In the Description text box, type a description of the group.

  1. In the Access Policy section, click Add Policy.

  1. In the Add Policy dialog box, from the Resource drop-down list, select the resource you want to add an access policy for.
  2. (Optional) To require that users type their password before they authenticate for this resource, enable the Require Password Authentication toggle.
  3. Select the authentication options that users in this group can select from when they authenticate.

    For SAML resources, if you select more than one authentication option, users must select one of the available options when they authenticate. For example, if you select OTP and Push, users can choose to type their OTP or approve a push to authenticate. You cannot require that they do both.

  1. Click Add.

  1. (Optional) Add one or more safe locations to your group. For more information about safe locations and detailed instructions to add them, see About Safe Locations.
  2. Click Save.

Before you assign users to a group, you must add the users to AuthPoint. You can manually add user accounts or import user accounts from an external user database. For more information on how to add user accounts, see Add User Accounts.

Test the Integration

To test AuthPoint MFA with Akamai EAA, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device. For SAML resources, you can choose any method (one-time password, QR code, or push).

In this example, we show the push authentication method (users receive a push notification in the mobile app that they must approve to authenticate).

  1. In a web browser, go to the external URL of the application you created.
  2. Type your email address or AuthPoint user name. Click Next.
  3. If required, in the Password text box, type your password.
  4. For the authentication method, select Send Push.
  5. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    You are logged to the application page.