BambooHR Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

This document describes how to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for BambooHR with AuthPointas an identity provider. BambooHR must already be configured and deployed before you set up MFA with AuthPoint.

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

BambooHR 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 BambooHR.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

  • End-users can log in to the BambooHR
  • A token is assigned to a user in AuthPoint
  • You have an AuthPoint identity provider (IdP) certificate (see Certificate Management)

Configure BambooHR

To start, you must download the metadata file from the Resources page in the AuthPoint management UI. Once you have that, you can configure BambooHR.

  1. From the navigation menu, select Configure > AuthPoint. If you have a Service Provider account, you must first pivot to your Subscriber view.
  2. Select Resources.
  3. 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 BambooHR, with information necessary to identify AuthPoint as a trusted identity provider.

  1. Sign in BambooHR using your admin account.
  2. Click Apps Marketplace > Single Sign-On in the top sidebar.

  1. Click SAML 2.0.

  1. Click Install.

  1. Open the AuthPoint metadata file you downloaded and find the SingleSignOnService Location and X509Certificate values.
  2. In the SSO Login URL text box, paste the SingleSignOnService Location value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  3. In the x.509 Certificate text box, paste the X509Certificate value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  4. Click Install.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from BambooHR, you must specify the BambooHR client as a SAML resource in AuthPoint. You must also assign the BambooHR SAML resource to the user group that authenticate through BambooHR.

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. Type a name for the resource.
  2. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, type BambooHR-SAML.
  3. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, type https://<your domain>
  4. From the AuthPoint Certificate drop-down list, select the AuthPoint certificate to associate with your resource. This must be the same certificate that you downloaded the metadata for in the previous section.
  5. Click Save.

Add an Access Policy to AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint for authentication with BambooHR, and you must assign an access policy for the BambooHR 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 the integration of AuthPoint and configuration of your BambooHR, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device. 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 your Bamboo HR URL (https://<your domain>
  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 Push.
  5. Click Send.
  6. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    You are logged in to BambooHR.