Cisco Umbrella cloud application

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With Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), your users can sign in to enterprise cloud applications with their Google Cloud credentials.

Set up SSO via SAML for Cisco Umbrella

Step 1: Set up Google as a SAML identity provider (IdP)
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Click Add appand thenSearch for apps.
  4. Enter Cisco Umbrella in the search field.
  5. In the search results, hover over the Cisco Umbrella SAML app and click Select.
  6. On the Google Identity Provider details page, download the Metadata XML.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. On the Service provider details page, click Continue.

    Note: Attribute mapping is not required for Cisco Umbrella.

  9. On the Attribute mapping page, click Finish.
Step 2: Set up Cisco Umbrella as a SAML 2.0 service provider (SP)
  1. Open a new incognito browser window and sign in to Cisco Umbrella as an administrator.
  2. Go to System Settings and then Login Security.
  3. In the Upload XML File field, upload the Metadata XML you downloaded in step 1.
  4. Click Continue
Step 3: Enable the Cisco Umbrella app
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Cisco Umbrella.
  4. Click User access.
  5. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  6. (Optional) To turn a service on or off for an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. Click Override to keep your setting if the service for the parent organizational unit is changed.
    4. If Overridden is already set for the organizational unit, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  7. (Optional) Turn on the service for a group of users.
    Use access groups to turn on a service for specific users within or across your organizational units. Learn more

  8. Ensure that your Cisco Umbrella user account email IDs match those in your Google domain.
Step 4: Verify that SSO is working

Cisco Umbrella supports both Identity Provider (IdP) initiated and Service Provider (SP) initiated SSO. Follow these steps to verify SSO in either mode:

IdP-initiated

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenWeb and mobile apps.
  3. Select Cisco Umbrella.
  4. At the top left, click Test SAML login

    Cisco Umbrella should open in a separate tab. If it doesn’t, use the information in the resulting SAML error messages to update your IdP and SP settings as needed, then retest SAML login.

SP-initiated

  1. Return to Cisco Umbrella and click Test Your SAML Configuration
  2. When the test completes successfully, click Save Configuration and Notify Users.
  3. Open an incognito browser window and go to your Cisco Umbrella instance.  
    You should be redirected to the Google sign-in page.
  4. Enter your username and password. 
    After your credentials are authenticated, you are redirected to Cisco Umbrella.


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