Tutorial: Azure Active Directory single sign-on (SSO) integration with Cognician
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Cognician with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Cognician with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to Cognician.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Cognician with their Azure AD accounts.
- Manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.
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.
- Cognician single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Cognician supports SP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Adding Cognician from the gallery
To configure the integration of Cognician into Azure AD, you need to add Cognician from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Navigate to Enterprise Applications and then select All Applications.
- To add new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type Cognician in the search box.
- Select Cognician 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 Cognician
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cognician 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 Cognician.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Cognician, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Configure Cognician SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Cognician test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Cognician that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
- Test SSO - to verify whether the configuration works.
Configure Azure AD SSO
Follow these steps to enable Azure AD SSO in the Azure portal.
In the Azure portal, on the Cognician application integration page, find the Manage section and select single sign-on.
On the Select a single sign-on method page, select SAML.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, click the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
On the Basic SAML Configuration section, enter the values for the following fields:
a. In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
These values are not real. Update these values with the actual Sign-On URL and Reply URL. Contact Cognician Client support team to get these values. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click copy button to copy App Federation Metadata Url and save it on your computer.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
- From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, select Users, and then select All users.
- Select New user at the top of the screen.
- In the User properties, follow these steps:
- In the Name field, enter
- In the User name field, enter the firstname.lastname@example.org. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.
- Click Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you'll enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Cognician.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Cognician.
- In the app's overview page, find the Manage section and select Users and groups.
- Select Add user, then select Users and groups in the Add Assignment dialog.
- In the Users and groups dialog, select B.Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- 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.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Cognician SSO
To configure single sign-on on Cognician side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata Url to Cognician support team. They set this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create Cognician test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Cognician. Work with Cognician support team to add the users in the Cognician platform. Users must be created and activated before you use single sign-on.
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 Cognician Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Cognician Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Cognician tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Cognician Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Cognician 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 Cloud App Security.