FilesAnywhere Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

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

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

FilesAnywhere Authentication Data Flow with AuthPoint

AuthPoint communicates with various cloud-based services and service providers with the SAML protocol. This diagram shows an MFA transaction for FilesAnywhere.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

Configure FilesAnywhere

To start, you must download the metadata file and the certificate file from the Certificate Management page in the AuthPoint management UI. After you have that, you can configure FilesAnywhere.

  1. Log in to WatchGuard Cloud.
  2. From the navigation menu, select Configure > AuthPoint. If you have a Service Provider account, you must select an account from Account Manager.
  3. Select Resources.
  4. Click Certificate.

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

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

  1. Log in to the FilesAnywhere admin portal.
  2. Select the Site Configuration tab and navigate to Single Sign-On(SSO) Settings.
  3. Select click here to open a new window.
  4. Select Configuring Generic SAML 2.0.

  1. You can get all the Service Provider information on this page which will be configured on AuthPoint side. Scroll down and select Click here.
    A new page opens.
  2. Type your Client ID.
  3. In the Client Name text box, type a name. In our example, we type AuthPoint.
  4. Type a Contact Name and Contact Email.
  5. Open the AuthPoint metadata file you downloaded and find the SingleSignOnService Location value.
  6. Copy and paste the SingleSignOnService Location value from the metadata file in the Initiate Single Sign On(SSO) URL text box in FilesAnywhere. This text box may limit the number of characters so that the full URL does not fit, so we recommend that you also paste the SingleSignOnService Location value in the comments text box.
  7. For Token Signing Certificate, upload the AuthPoint certificate that you downloaded.
  8. Click Submit.
    FilesAnywhere support processes your request.

When your SSO configuration for FilesAnywhere is done, you can navigate to Site Configuration > Single Sign-On(SSO) Settings to set up different SSO policies for your users.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from FilesAnywhere, you must specify the FilesAnywhere client as a SAML resource in AuthPoint. You must also assign an access policy for the FilesAnywhere 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. From the Application Type drop-down list, select FilesAnywhere.
  3. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, type
  4. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, type<your client id>.
  5. In the Client Id text box, type your FilesAnywhere client id.
  6. 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 file from in the Configure FilesAnywhere section.
  7. Click Save.

Add an Access Policy to AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint for authentication with FilesAnywhere, and you must assign an access policy for the FilesAnywhere 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.

Add Users to AuthPoint

Before you assign users to a group, you must add the users to AuthPoint. There are two ways to add AuthPoint user accounts:

  • Sync users from an external user database
  • Add local AuthPoint users

Each user must be a member of a group. You must add at least one group before you can add users to AuthPoint.

Test the Integration

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

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 FilesAnywhere URL.
  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 FilesAnywhere.