Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with Continuity Control
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate Continuity Control (Control) with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate Control with Azure AD, you can:
- Manage in Azure AD who has access to Control.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed-in to Control 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.
- Control single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- Control supports SP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add Control from the gallery
To configure the integration of Control into Azure AD, you need to add Control 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 Control in the search box.
- Select Control from results panel and then add the app. Wait a few seconds while the app is added to your tenant.
Alternatively, you can also use the Enterprise App Configuration Wizard. In this wizard, you can add an application to your tenant, add users/groups to the app, assign roles, as well as walk through the SSO configuration as well. Learn more about Microsoft 365 wizards.
Configure and test Azure AD SSO for Control
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with Control 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 Control.
To configure and test Azure AD SSO with Control, perform the following steps:
- Configure Azure AD SSO - to enable your users to use this feature.
- Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
- Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
- Configure Control SSO - to configure the single sign-on settings on application side.
- Create Control test user - to have a counterpart of B.Simon in Control 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 Control 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 page, perform the following step:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
The value is not real. Update the value with the correct subdomain. Your SSO subdomain can be configured at Control Authentication Strategies. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
In the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Edit button to open SAML Signing Certificate dialog.
In the SAML Signing Certificate section, copy the Thumbprint and save it on your computer.
On the Set up Control section, copy the Login 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 Britta 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 Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Control.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications, and then select All applications.
- In the applications list, select Control.
- 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 Britta Simon from the Users list, then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- If you're expecting any role value in the SAML assertion, in the Select Role dialog, select the appropriate role for the user from the list and then click the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- In the Add Assignment dialog, click the Assign button.
Configure Control SSO
To configure single sign-on on the Control side, you need to update the single sign-on authentication settings at Control Authentication Strategies. Update SAML SSO URL with the Login URL and Certificate Fingerprint with the Thumbprint value from the Azure portal.
Create Control test user
In this section, you create a user called Britta Simon in Control. Work with Control support team to add the users in the Control platform. Use Britta Simon's Azure AD User name to populate her Identity Provider User ID in Control. Users must be created, and their Identity Provider User ID set, in Control before they can 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 Control Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to Control Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
You can use Microsoft My Apps. When you click the Control tile in the My Apps, this will redirect to Control Sign-on URL. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure Control 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.
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