MFA in UDS Enterprise with WatchGuard AuthPoint

by | Jun 17, 2021

As we have already commented in previous articles, UDS Enterprise 3.0 supports different double and multi-factor authentication methods. Among the second ones is the AuthPoint solution. The company behind the product, WatchGuard, has carried out the integration of this system to implement an extra layer of security in user access to virtual desktops, virtual applications, and remote computers deployed by UDS Enterprise connection broker.

The interoperability of these two solutions provides SAML authentication to all the resources managed and deployed by UDS Enterprise. In this way, it is possible to configure multi-factor authentication (MFA) using AuthPoint as the identity provider.

To benefit from the security provided by this method, you only need to register a SAML authenticator in UDS Enterprise, indicating the data of an AuthPoint certificate. This certificate provides the information necessary to establish AuthPoint as a trusted identity provider. The rest of the configurations will be applied in the AuthPoint administration panel. One of the basic steps is to assign a token to each user. The whole process is thoroughly documented in the WatchGuard’s website Help Center.

Once all the steps are completed, the MFA system will be available to all users registered by the infrastructure administrator. When entering their credentials in the UDS Enterprise login window and selecting the SAML authenticator, the system will ask the user to choose between three methods to verify their identity. It can be done through a push notification, a QR code, or a one-time password (OTP).

The AuthPoint device DNA is then matched to the authorized user’s phone to protect against any attack that attempts to clone the device. Next, the user receives the selected method on their mobile, indicating the email, time, and terminal they want to authenticate. Upon approving the authentication request, the system will connect them directly to their UDS Enterprise services page. There they will find their Windows and Linux virtual desktops and applications, as well as the machines that can be used remotely.

This integration arises as a result of the Technology Alliance agreement signed between WatchGuard and Virtual Cable. The firm specialized in cybersecurity got in touch with the developer of the VDI broker, attracted by the great popularity and steady growth that this software is experiencing. WatchGuard partners with industry-leading technology companies to develop synergies that drive more robust security, easier deployments, and better interoperability in IT environments.

As can be seen on their website, Virtual Cable and UDS Enterprise are part of the WatchGuard Partner Ecosystem.

In the following link, you can find the UDS Enterprise and AuthPoint Integration Guide.

We remind you that another of the possibilities to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) in UDS Enterprise through an authenticator is with Google Workspace.

Reading this article on our blog, you will learn the rest of the options to implement 2FA and MFA in UDS Enterprise.

Should you have any questions, you can contact our team at [email protected].



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