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Integrate Header-Based Authentication Apps to Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) with Datawiza Access Proxy

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Introduction

As organizations continue to modernize their IT infrastructure, legacy applications that use header-based authentication can present significant challenges, especially regarding security and access management. Applications that use header-based authentication, such as Peoplesoft, Siebel, JD Edwards (JDE), NetWeaver Portal, and WebCenter, are often protected by outdated identity and access management systems that lack modern security features, including single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), and conditional access policies.

To overcome these challenges, many organizations are migrating applications that use header-based authentication from old systems like ADFS, on-premises Active Directory, CA SiteMinder, Ping Identity, ForgeRock, IBM Tivoli Access Manager, Oracle Access Manager, NetIQ, RSA to Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD), Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and access management solution. Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) provides robust security features that enable organizations to secure their applications and data while simplifying the access management process. With Microsoft Entra ID organizations can leverage modern security features and authentication mechanisms to protect their legacy applications, reducing the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access.

Datawiza Access Proxy (DAP) is a cloud-native solution designed to help organizations migrate apps that use header-based authentication to Microsoft Entra ID with ease. As a certified Microsoft partner, Datawiza Access Proxy provides seamless integration with Microsoft Entra ID and supports a variety of legacy protocols like header-based authentication, Kerberos, and others. In this blog, we’ll explore how Datawiza Access Proxy can help organizations modernize and secure their apps that use header-based authentication by enabling SSO, MFA, and conditional access policies.

How Datawiza Access Proxy Integrates Header-Based Apps to Microsoft Entra ID

DAP (Datawiza Access Proxy) is a highly performant reverse proxy that can be easily deployed in your environment, whether in the cloud or on-premises, and is designed to quickly front-end legacy applications. With DAP, you can enable SSO (Single Sign-On), MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication), and conditional access by leveraging Microsoft Entra ID ‘s authentication capabilities. In just a few minutes, you can have DAP up and running, ready to authenticate your users and secure your apps that use header-based authentication. Please refer to the following architecture diagram for more information:

Description of user workflow is as follows.

  1. An end-user attempts to access an application that is protected by DAP 
  2. DAP verifies whether a session exists for the user.
  3. If no session exists, the end-user is prompted to authenticate with Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD)
  4. Microsoft Entra ID validates the end-user’s credentials and enforces MFA and conditional access policies if they are configured.
  5. After successful authentication, the end-user is redirected to the application.
  6. If configured, the DAP protecting the application applies more granular access control, based on policies and user attributes.
  7. The DAP then forwards the request with the appropriate HTTP headers to the application, ensuring the user is authorized to access the requested resource.

Why Choose Datawiza Access Proxy?

Datawiza Access Proxy is a fast, reliable and secure solution for organizations that are looking to migrate their apps that use header-based authentication to Azure AD. Here are some of the reasons why:

Easy to Use

Datawiza Access Proxy is an intuitive and user-friendly solution that requires minimal configuration. It is designed to provide a seamless access experience for users, regardless of where their applications are hosted. With Datawiza Access Proxy, you can quickly and easily secure your applications and ensure that your users have a smooth and hassle-free authentication process. Our solution is straightforward to set up and use, allowing you to focus on your core business activities rather than grappling with complex authentication requirements.

High Performance

Datawiza Access Proxy is a highly performant solution that can handle high volumes of traffic with ease. It is designed to provide fast and reliable access to applications, without any disruptions or downtime. Our solution is optimized to deliver high performance and low latency, ensuring that your users have a seamless and uninterrupted experience. With Datawiza Access Proxy, you can be confident that your applications will be accessible and responsive, even during periods of high traffic volume.

Secure

Datawiza Access Proxy is a highly secure solution that provides enhanced security features, including granular URL-level access control. With our solution, organizations can protect their applications from cyber threats and ensure that only authorized users have access to their sensitive data. Our advanced access control mechanisms enable organizations to define specific policies and permissions, allowing them to manage user access and prevent unauthorized access attempts. This provides an additional layer of security, which is essential for protecting your applications and data from malicious actors. With Datawiza Access Proxy, you can be confident that your applications are secure and protected against cyber threats.

Cost-Effective

Datawiza Access Proxy is a highly cost-effective solution that can significantly reduce engineering costs for organizations. As a no-code solution, it eliminates the need for expensive development resources and simplifies the migration process, reducing the need for engineers to rewrite applications. This not only saves valuable time and resources but also helps organizations streamline their operations and maximize their return on investment. With Datawiza Access Proxy, you can achieve your security and authentication goals without incurring significant engineering costs.

Conclusion

Datawiza Access Proxy is a fast, reliable and secure solution for organizations looking to modernize and secure their apps that use header-based authentication by migrating them to Microsoft Entra ID . By providing seamless integration with Microsoft Entra ID , support for legacy identity and access management systems, easy deployment, and enhanced security features such as granular access control, Datawiza Access Proxy simplifies the migration process and helps organizations reduce the risk of security breaches.

If you’re looking to migrate your apps that use header-based authentication to Microsoft Entra ID , contact us today to learn more about how Datawiza Access Proxy can help. .