Zoho CRM Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

This document describes how to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Zoho™ CRM with AuthPoint as an identity provider.

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

Zoho CRM 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 Zoho CRM.

Diagram that shows the data flow of an MFA transaction for a SAML resource with the push authentication method.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

Configure Zoho

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

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

  1. Log in to your Zoho account as an administrator.
  2. From the navigation menu, select Organization > SAML Authentication.

Screen shot of the Zoho SAML Config.jpg

  1. Click Setup Now.
  2. Open the AuthPoint metadata file you downloaded and find the SingleSignOnService Location and SingleLogoutService Location values.
  3. In the Sign-in URL text box, paste the SingleSignOnService Location value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  4. In the Sign out URL text box, paste the SingleLogoutService Location value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  5. For X.509 Certificate, upload the AuthPoint certificate file that you downloaded in the previous step.
  6. From the Algorithm drop-down list, select RSA.
  7. From the Zoho Service drop-down list, select CRM.
  8. Do not select the Do you need a sign out response? or Just In Time Provisioning check boxes.

Screen shot of the SAML Authentication

  1. Click Configure.
  2. Click Download Metadata.

Screen shot of the SAML Authentication

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from Zoho CRM, you must add a SAML resource in AuthPoint. You must also assign an access policy for the Zoho CRM 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, type a Name for this resource.
  2. From the Application Type drop-down list, select Zoho.
  3. Open the Zoho metadata file you downloaded at the end of the previous section and find these values:
    • entityID
    • AssertionConsumerService Location
    • SingleLogoutService Location
  4. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, type the entityID value from the Zoho metadata file.
  5. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, type the AssertionConsumerService Location value from the Zoho metadata file.
  6. From the User ID sent on redirection to service provider drop-down list, select Email.
  7. In the Logout URL text box, type the SingleLogoutService Location value from the Zoho metadata file.
  8. From the Signature Method drop-down list, select SHA-256.
  9. 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.
  10. Click Save.

Screen shot of the AuthPoint SAML config

Add an Access Policy to AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint for authentication with Zoho CRM, and you must assign an access policy for the Zoho 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 Zoho CRM, 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 Zoho CRM login page.
  2. Click Sign in.
  3. Type your email address. Click Next.
  4. Click Sign in using SAML.
  5. Type your email address or AuthPoint user name. Click Next.
  6. If required, in the Password text box, type your password.
  7. Click Send Push.
  8. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    You are logged in to Zoho CRM.