Tutorial: Azure AD SSO integration with NS1 SSO for Azure
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to integrate NS1 SSO for Azure with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). When you integrate NS1 SSO for Azure with Azure AD, you can:
- Control in Azure AD who has access to NS1 SSO for Azure.
- Enable your users to be automatically signed in to NS1 SSO for Azure 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.
- NS1 SSO for Azure single sign-on (SSO) enabled subscription.
- Along with Cloud Application Administrator, Application Administrator can also add or manage applications in Azure AD. For more information, see Azure built-in roles.
In this tutorial, you configure and test Azure AD SSO in a test environment.
- NS1 SSO for Azure supports SP and IDP initiated SSO.
Identifier of this application is a fixed string value so only one instance can be configured in one tenant.
Add NS1 SSO for Azure from the gallery
To configure the integration of NS1 SSO for Azure into Azure AD, you need to add NS1 SSO for Azure from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.
- Sign in to the Azure portal by using either a work or school account, or a personal Microsoft account.
- On the left navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service.
- Go to Enterprise Applications, and then select All Applications.
- To add a new application, select New application.
- In the Add from the gallery section, type NS1 SSO for Azure in the search box.
- Select NS1 SSO for Azure from the 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 NS1 SSO for Azure
Configure and test Azure AD SSO with NS1 SSO for Azure by using a test user called B.Simon. For SSO to work, establish a linked relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in NS1 SSO for Azure.
Here are the general steps to configure and test Azure AD SSO with NS1 SSO for Azure:
Configure Azure AD SSO to enable your users to use this feature.
a. Create an Azure AD test user to test Azure AD single sign-on with B.Simon.
b. Assign the Azure AD test user to enable B.Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
Configure NS1 SSO for Azure SSO to configure the single sign-on settings on the application side.
a. Create an NS1 SSO for Azure test user to have a counterpart of B.Simon in NS1 SSO for Azure. This counterpart is linked to the Azure AD representation of the 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 NS1 SSO for Azure application integration page, find the Manage section. 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, select the pencil icon for Basic SAML Configuration to edit the settings.
In the Basic SAML Configuration section, perform the following steps:
a. In the Identifier text box, type the following URL:
b. In the Reply URL text box, type a URL using the following pattern:
Select Set additional URLs, and perform the following step if you want to configure the application in SP initiated mode:
In the Sign-on URL text box, type the following URL:
The Reply URL value isn't real. Update Reply URL value with the actual Reply URL. Contact the NS1 SSO for Azure Client support team to get the value. You can also refer to the patterns shown in the Basic SAML Configuration section in the Azure portal.
The NS1 SSO for Azure application expects the SAML assertions in a specific format. Configure the following claims for this application. You can manage the values of these attributes from the User Attributes & Claims section on the application integration page. On the Set up Single Sign-On with SAML page, select the pencil icon to open the User Attributes dialog box.
Select the attribute name to edit the claim.
In the Manage transformation section, perform the following steps:
Select ExactMailPrefix() as Transformation.
Select user.userprincipalname as Parameter 1.
On the Set up single sign-on with SAML page, in the SAML Signing Certificate section, select the copy button. This copies the App Federation Metadata Url and saves it on your computer.
Create an Azure AD test user
In this section, you create a test user in the Azure portal called B.Simon.
From the left pane in the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory > Users > 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 email@example.com. For example,
- Select the Show password check box, and then write down the value that's shown in the Password field.
- Select Create.
- In the Name field, enter
Assign the Azure AD test user
In this section, you enable B.Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to NS1 SSO for Azure.
- In the Azure portal, select Enterprise Applications > All applications.
- In the applications list, select NS1 SSO for Azure.
- In the app's overview page, find the Manage section, and select Users and groups.
- Select Add user. In the Add Assignment dialog box, select Users and groups.
- In the Users and groups dialog box, select B.Simon from the users list. Then choose 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 box, select the appropriate role for the user from the list. Then choose the Select button at the bottom of the screen.
- In the Add Assignment dialog box, select Assign.
Configure NS1 SSO for Azure SSO
To configure single sign-on on the NS1 SSO for Azure side, you need to send the App Federation Metadata URL to the NS1 SSO for Azure support team. They configure this setting to have the SAML SSO connection set properly on both sides.
Create an NS1 SSO for Azure test user
In this section, you create a user called B.Simon in NS1 SSO for Azure. Work with the NS1 SSO for Azure support team to add the users in the NS1 SSO for Azure platform. You can't use single sign-on until you create and activate users.
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 NS1 SSO for Azure Sign-on URL where you can initiate the login flow.
Go to NS1 SSO for Azure Sign-on URL directly and initiate the login flow from there.
- Click on Test this application in Azure portal and you should be automatically signed in to the NS1 SSO for Azure for which you set up the SSO.
You can also use Microsoft My Apps to test the application in any mode. When you click the NS1 SSO for Azure tile in the My Apps, if configured in SP mode you would be redirected to the application sign-on page for initiating the login flow and if configured in IDP mode, you should be automatically signed in to the NS1 SSO for Azure for which you set up the SSO. For more information about the My Apps, see Introduction to the My Apps.
Once you configure NS1 SSO for Azure 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.