Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Adaptive Shield

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Adaptive Shield with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Adaptive Shield with Azure AD, you can:

  • Control in Azure AD who has access to Adaptive Shield.
  • Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Adaptive Shield with their Azure AD accounts.
  • Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

Prerequisites

To get started, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription. If you don't have a subscription, you can get a free account.
  • Adaptive Shield single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.

  • Adaptive Shield supports SP initiated SSO.

  • Adaptive Shield supports Just In Time user provisioning.

Note

Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.

To configure the integration of Adaptive Shield into Azure AD, you need to add Adaptive Shield from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
  3. Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
  4. To add new application, select New application.
  5. In the Add from the gallery section, type Adaptive Shield in the search box.
  6. Select Adaptive Shield from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.

Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Adaptive Shield

Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Adaptive Shield using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, you need to establish a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Adaptive Shield.

To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Adaptive Shield, perform the following steps:

  1. Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
    1. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
    2. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  2. Configure Adaptive Shield SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
    1. Create Adaptive Shield test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Adaptive Shield that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  3. Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD SSO

Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Adaptive Shield application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.

  2. On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.

  3. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.

    Edit Basic SAML Configuration

  4. On the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:

    a. In the Identifier (Entity ID) text box, type one of the following URLs:

    Environment URL
    Sandbox https://staging-dashboard.adaptive-shield.com/api/sso/saml
    Production https://dashboard.adaptive-shield.com/api/sso/saml

    b. In the Reply URL text box, type one of the following URLs:

    Environment URL
    Sandbox https://staging-dashboard.adaptive-shield.com/api/sso/saml
    Production https://dashboard.adaptive-shield.com/api/sso/saml

    c. In the Sign on URL text box, type one of the following URLs:

    Environment URL
    Sandbox https://staging-dashboard.adaptive-shield.com
    Production https://dashboard.adaptive-shield.com
  5. On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, find Certificate (Base64) and select Download to download the certificate and save it on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  6. On the Set up Adaptive Shield section, copy the appropriate URL(s) based on your requirement.

    Copy configuration URLs

Create an Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.

  1. From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
  2. Select New user at the top of the screen.
  3. In the User properties, follow these steps:
    1. In the Name field, enter B.Simon.
    2. In the User name field, enter the username@companydomain.extension. For example, B.Simon@contoso.com.
    3. Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
    4. Click Create.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Adaptive Shield.

  1. In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
  2. In the applications list, select Adaptive Shield.
  3. In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
  4. Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
  5. In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
  6. If you are expecting a role to be assigned to the users, you can select it from the Select a role dropdown. If no role has been set up for this app, you see "Default Access" role selected.
  7. In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.

Configure Adaptive Shield SSO

To configure single sign-on on Adaptive Shield side, you need to send the downloaded Certificate (Base64) and appropriate copied URLs from Azure portal to Adaptive Shield support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.

Create Adaptive Shield test user

In this section, a user called Britta Simon is created in Adaptive Shield. Adaptive Shield supports just-in-time user provisioning, which is enabled by default. There is no action item for you in this section. If a user doesn't already exist in Adaptive Shield, a new one is created after authentication.

Test SSO

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration with following options.

  • Click on Test this application in Azure portal. This will redirect to Adaptive Shield Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.

  • Go to Adaptive Shield Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.

  • You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Adaptive Shield tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Adaptive Shield Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.

Next steps

Once you configure Adaptive Shield you can enforce session control, which protects exfiltration and infiltration of your organization’s sensitive data in real time. Session control extends from Conditional Access. Learn how to enforce session control with Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps.