FreshService Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

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

FreshService 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 FreshService.

Diagram of the data flow for an MFA transaction between GitLab and AuthPoint.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

Configure FreshService

To start, you must download the metadata file and the certificate file from the Resources page in the AuthPoint management UI. Once you have those, you can configure FreshService.

  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 FreshService, with information necessary to identify AuthPoint as a trusted identity provider.

  1. Next the same certificate, click and select Copy Fingerprint.
    The Copy Fingerprint window appears.
  2. From the Algorithm drop down list, select SHA-256
  3. Click Copy next to the formatted or unformatted fingerprint. We recommend you leave this window open.

Copy Fingerprint

  1. Open a new tab and log in to FreshService as an administrator.
  2. Select Admin.
  3. From the General Settings section, click Helpdesk Security.

Screenshot of the Admin page.

  1. From the Security section, select the Single Sign On slider.
  2. Select SAML SSO.
  3. Open the AuthPoint metadata file you downloaded and find the SingleSignOnService Location and SingleLogoutService Location values.
  4. In the SAML Login URL text box, type or paste the SingleSignOnService Location value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  5. In the Logout URL text box, type or paste the SingleLogoutService Location value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  6. In the Security Certificate Fingerprint text box, type or paste the AuthPoint fingerprint you copied earlier.

SAML SSO settings

  1. From the Admin Notifications section, in the Send notifications to text box, type the email address to send notifications to.
  2. Click Save.
    You are prompted for confirmation before you save the configuration.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from FreshService, you must add a SAML resource for FreshService in AuthPoint. You must also assign the FreshService SAML resource to the user group that will authenticate through FreshService.

Add a FreshService 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 FreshService.
  3. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, type
  4. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, type
  5. From the User ID 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 AuthPoint 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 FreshService, and you must assign an access policy for the FreshService 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 FreshService, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device. 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 FreshService login URL. Click Log In.
  2. Type your email address or AuthPoint user name. Click Sign In.
  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 FreshService successfully.