ZTNA access proxy with SAML and MFA using FortiAuthenticator example

ZTNA access proxy supports device verification using device certificates that are issued by EMS. To authenticate users, administrators can use either basic or SAML authentication. An advantage of SAML authentication is that multi-factor authentication (MFA) can be provided by the SAML Identity Provider (IdP).

In these example, a FortiAuthenticator is used as the IdP, and MFA is applied to user authentication for remote users accessing the web, RDP, and SSH resources over the ZTNA access proxy. It is assumed that the FortiGate EMS fabric connector has already been successfully connected.

DNS resolutions:

  • ztna.fortidemo.fortinet.com:20443 ->

  • entcore.fortidemo.fortinet.com:20443 ->

  • fac.fortidemo.fortinet.com - >

The FortiAuthenticator (FAC) integrates with Active Directory (AD) on the Windows Domain Controller, which is also acting as the EMS server. Users are synchronized from the AD to the FAC, and remote users are configured with token-based authentication. SAML authentication is configured on the FortiGate, pointing to the FAC as the SAML IdP. The SAML server is applied to the ZTNA access proxy authentication scheme and rule, to provide the foundation for applying user authentication on individual ZTNA rules.

Configuring the FortiAuthenticator

First configure the FortiAuthenticator to synchronize users from AD using LDAP, apply MFA to individual remote users, and be the IdP.

To create a remote authentication server pointing to the Windows AD:
  1. Go to Authentication > Remote Auth. Servers > LDAP and click Create New.

  2. Configure the following: