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Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for SiteMinder

What is Two Factor Authentication (2FA)?

Two Factor Authentication (2FA) or Multifactor Authentication is the process of the authentication in which you have to provide two factors to gain the access. First Factor is the one that you know username and password and Second factor is what you might have as unique like a phone (For OTP) or Fingerprint. This additional layer prevents the unauthorized person from accessing the resources even if they know your username and password. miniOrange provides 15+ authentication methods and solutions for various use cases.

We can connect with any External IDP/Directory

miniOrange provides user authentication from external directories like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc. It also provides user authentication with other IDPs like Shibboleth, PING, Okta, OneLogin, KeyCloak and many more.

Can't find your IDP ? Contact us on idpsupport@xecurify.com. We'll help you set it up in no time.

Apps supported by miniOrange

two factor authentication (2FA) miniOrange authenticator app

Authenticator App

two factor authentication (2FA) google authenticator app

Authenticator App

two factor authentication (2FA) authy authenticator app

Authy 2-Factor
Authentication App

two factor authentication (2FA) Microsoft authenticator app

Authenticator App



SiteMinder is an Access Management component. It provides a centralized and secure policy management in large scale. SiteMinder can be configured to support two factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Follow the Step-by-Step Guide given below for SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) with 2 Factor Authentication

Step 1: Configure SiteMinder as Identity Provider in miniOrange

  • Login as a customer from Admin Console.
  • Go to Identity providers and click on add Identity Provider
  • siteMinder two factor authentication Add Siteminder as Identity provider

  • Configure Siteminder as a SAML identity provider using the following details
  • Idp Entity Id Local IDP ID in siteminder
    Login URL SSO Service URL in siteminder
    X.509 Certificate Identity Certificate
    siteMinder two factor authentication Configure SiteMinder as SAML IDP in Miniorange

  • Enable Send Configured Attributes option.
  • Click on Save.

Step 2: Configure miniOrange as a Service Provider in SiteMinder

  • Go to your miniorange dashboard. Click on add external IDP
  • You will see a yellow dialog box with a CLICK-HERE link. Click on that link. You will go to SP metadata page.
  • siteMinder two factor authentication SP metadata

  • You will need this metadata in further steps.
  • For siteminder specific steps, refer this document.

Step 3: Configure your Application in miniOrange

  • In the miniOrange Dashboard, Click on Add Application.
  • siteminder 2fa Add Application

  • For this guide, we are using wordpress application. Click on Create App in SAML/WS-FED section.
  • siteMinder 2fa select SAML application

  • Search for wordpress. Enter your identity ID and ACS URL. For more details on setting your application, visit this page.
  • siteMinder 2FA add app configuration

  • Make sure to Enable 2 factor authentication option in app configuration. Refer below image.
  • siteMinder 2fa enable 2fa

  • Click on Save

Step 4: Configure 2FA for miniOrange Admin Dashboard and SiteMinder

4.1: Configure 2FA for miniOrange Admin Dashboard.

  • From your miniOrange Dashboard in the left navigation bar, select 2- Factor Authentication, click on Configure 2FA.

  • Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder | configure_2fa

  • Choose any 2FA method you want to configure.
  • Let's say you want to configure OTP over SMS
  • Click on OTP over SMS
  • Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder  | otp_over_sms

    Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder  | enter_phone_no

  • Now add your mobile number on which you want to receive the OTP.
  • Then click on Save.
  • Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder  | save_phone_number

    Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder  | otp_over_sms_active

  • Now as shown in the above image, OTP over SMS is your Active 2FA method.
  • Enable Prompt for second factor during signin to your console.
  • Then click on Save.
  • Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder  | enable_2fa

  • To verify the configuration login again.
  • You will be asked for Username and password then it is redirected to below page:
  • Enter the OTP received on the phone and click on verify.
  • Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder  |  2fa_otp_verification

  • If you are redirected to your dashboard, you have successfully configured OTP over SMS as your 2FA method.
  • Similarly you can configure rest of the 2FA methods for miniOrange dashboard by following this guide.
  • To configure 2FA methods for end-users, You can find the guide here.

4.2: Enable 2FA for Users of SiteMinder application.

  • To enable 2FA for Users of SiteMinder application. Go to Policies >> App Authentication Policy
  • Click on Edit against the configured application
  • Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder | Two Factor Authentication configure 2fa of application

  • Enable the Enable 2-Factor Authentication (MFA) option.
  • Two factor-authentication for SiteMinder | Two Factor Authentication enable 2fa

  • Click on Save.

Step 5: Login with miniOrange

  • Login to your SiteMinder. It will redirect you to miniOrange Single Sign-On Service console.
  • SiteMinder Two Factor Authentication (2FA) user credentials

  • Enter your miniOrange login credentials and click on Login.
  • Since we have 2-factor authentication enabled, you will be prompted to register for it. It's a one time process.
  • Configure your basic details.
  • SiteMinder Two Factor Authentication (2FA) user registration

  • Configure any authentication method of your choice.
  • SiteMinder Two Factor Authentication (2FA) add new security

  • After successful registration, you will be logged in to your account.
  • Now we have 2-factor authentication enabled.
  • To verify your 2-factor authentication configuration, go to your domain. You will be redirected to miniOrange login console.
  • SiteMinder Two Factor Authentication (2FA) verify user credentials

  • Enter your login credentials, and click on login. It will prompt to verify yourself against the configured 2fa method.
    e.g. If you have configured OTP over SMS, after login into SiteMinder it will prompt for OTP.
  • SiteMinder Two Factor Authentication (2FA) otp prompt

  • Enter the OTP received in your phone, after successful 2FA verification, you will be redirected to the ClearSlide dashboard.

Step 6: Adaptive Authentication with SiteMinder

6.1: Restricting access to SiteMinder with IP Blocking

    You can use adaptive authentication with SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) to improve the security and functionality of Single Sign-On. You can allow a IP Address in certain range for SSO or you can deny it based your requirements and you can also challenge the user to verify his authenticity. Adaptive authentication manages the user authentication bases on different factors such as Device ID, Location, Time of Access, IP Address and many more.

    You can configure Adaptive Authentication with IP Blocking in following way:
  • Login to Self Service Console >> Adaptive Authentication.
  • Add a Policy Name for your Adaptive Authentication Policy.
  • SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authnetication policy

  • Select your Action for behaviour Change and Challenge Type for user from the Action for behaviour Change Section.
  • SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication behaviour change

    Action for behaviour Change Options :

    Attribute Description
    Allow Allow user to authenticate and use services if Adaptive authentication condition is true.
    Challenge Challenege users with one of the three methods mentioned below for verifying user authenticity.
    Deny Deny user authentications and access to services if Adaptive authentication condition is true.

    Challenge Type Options :

    Attribute Description
    User second Factor The User needs to authenticate using the second factor he has opted or assigned for such as
  • OTP over SMS
  • PUSH Notofication
  • OTP over Email
  • And 12 more methods.
  • KBA (Knowledge-based authentication) The System will ask user for 2 of 3 questions he has configured in his Self Service Console. Only after right answer to both questions user is allowed to proceed further.
    OTP over Alternate Email User will recieve a OTP on the alternate email he has configured threw Self Service Conolse. Once user provides the correct OTP he is allowed to proceed further.

  • Now Enable Enable IP Restriction option from the IP RESTRICTION CONFIGURATION section to configure custom IP range.
  • SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication ip blocking

  • Select the Action you want to perform if the IP address is out of the range. i.e Allow, Challenge & Deny.
  • Specify the IP Address range for which you want above setting to reflect. You can add more than one IP Address ranges by clicking on following button +.
  • Scroll to the end and click on save.

6.2: Adaptive Authentication with Limiting number of devices.

    Using Adaptive Authentication you can also restrict the number of devices the end user can access the Services on. You can allow end users to access services on a fixed no. of devices. The end users wii be able to access services provided by us on this fixed no. of devices.

    You can cofigure Adaptive Authentication with Device Restriction in follwing way

  • Login to Self Service Console >> Adaptive Authentication.
  • Add a Policy Name for your Adaptive Authentication Policy.
  • Select your Action for behaviour Change and Challenge Type for user from the Action for behaviour Change Section.
  • SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication behaviour and challenge type

  • Scroll down to Device Configuration section and enable Allow User to Register Device option to allow users to register their devices.
  • Enter the Number of Devices which are allowed to register in field next to Number of Device Registrations Allowed
  • Choose Action if number of devices exceeded (This will override your setting for Action for Behaviour Change.)
    1. Challenge: The user needs to verify himself using any of the three methods mentioned in table in step 6.1
    2. Deny : Deny users access to the system
  • Enable option Send email alerts to Users if number of Device registrations exceeded allowed count if you want to alert the user about no of devices exceeding the limit. Save the configuration.
  • SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access adaptive authentication enable device restriction

6.3: Add Adaptive Authentication policy to SiteMinder.

  • Login to Self Service Console >> Policies.
  • Click on Edit option for predefined SAML app policy.
  • SiteMinder Single Sign-On (sso) edit device restriction policy

  • Set your application name in the Application and select password as Login Method.
  • Enable Adaptive Authentication on Policy page and select the required restriction method as an option.
  • From Select Login Policy dropdown select the policy we created in last step and click on save.
  • SiteMinder Single Sign-On (SSO) Restrict Access save device restriction policy

    How to add a trusted Device
    1. When End-user log in to the self service console after the policy for device restriction is on, he is provided the option to add the current device as a trusted device.

More Secure authentication with Two-Factor Authentication

The most practical way to strengthen authentication is to require a second factor after the username/password stage. Since a password is something that a user knows, ensuring that the user also has something or using biometrics thwarts attackers that steal or gain access to passwords.

Traditional two-factor authentication solutions use hardware tokens (or "fobs") that users carry on their keychains. These tokens generate one-time passwords for the second stage of the login process. However, hardware tokens can cost up to $40 each. It takes time and effort to distribute them, tracks who has which one, and replace them when they break. They're easy to lose, hard to use, and users consistently report high levels of frustration with token-based systems.

Your choice of the second factor

miniOrange authentication service has 15+ authentication methods.

You can choose from any of the above authentication methods to augment your password based authentication. miniOrange authentication service works with all phone types, from landlines to smart-phone platforms. In the simplest case, users just answer a phone call and press a button to authenticate. miniOrange authentication service works internationally and has customers authenticating from many countries around the world.

  miniOrange Authenticator app is available for free from Google Play

  miniOrange Authenticator app is available for free from the Apple App Store

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