Web Access Manager : Specification (2/2)

Web Access Manager : Specification (2/2)

Evidian Web Access Manager is a product in constant functional development. The result of more than 15 years of research and development in the Web SSO domain, it can be adapted for a very broad range of uses. The functionality described here is not exhaustive and changes with each minor or major upgrade.

Evidian Web Access Manager is based on the 4A principles, “Authentication, Authorisation, Administration and Auditing”

Encoding and PKI:

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AESThe sensitive configuration data, the secondary authentication data or the certificate storage are AES-encrypted in secure containers.
SSL encodingAll HTTP and LDAP connections can be secured through HTTPS and LDAPS. You can choose only strong encryption algorithms for additional security. Evidian Web Access Manager supports X509v3 certificates of type “wildcard” to protect a set of servers.
Verifying certificates on protected serversThe certificates used by the protected servers can be rigorously analyzed or not, if for example the server uses self-signed certificates that do not use a certification authority.
CRLsThe CRLs of the certification authorities can be downloaded through HTTP, LDAP or OCSP.
PKI readyFor its server certificates needs or to check client certificates, Evidian Web Access Manager accepts certificates from the Certification Authorities and can send certificate requests for PKIs.
Verifying certificates dailyEvery night or at any specified time, the certificates contained in the Evidian Web Access Manager configuration are checked and email alerts are sent when these certificates are about to expire.

Audit and log

Complete logAll the user activity is recorded in log files. Each URL is saved as well as all the information on the user, their authentication method, the services accessed and any error codes received. The size of the files, the period recorded by the file and the number of files to be saved is configurable. All failed authentication attempts and any protocol errors are also archived. The log files can be used directly with tools capable of processing files in the “W3C – Extended Log File Format”
Centralised audit and unique usernameEvidian Web Access Manager generates audit events for primary and secondary authentications, the input of secondary data and failed authentication attempts. These events are centralised for consolidation through a link to Evidian I&AM or Evidian E-SSO. A unique username extracted from the user directory can be deployed instead of their primary identity as the username for these events. The choice of this username facilitates consolidation based on your governance rules and compliance with local legislation on the anonymisation of consolidated data. Like all Evidian Web Access Manager components, the centralised audit mechanism is based on mechanisms for high availability and load balancing. But if all the centralisation links were to be cut off, it also has a local saving mechanism for lossless recovery.
Diagnostic tools and updatesA set of commands for analysing connections, tracking, backup and capture tools are provided with the product, complete with documentation. If necessary, our Evidian Service Professional experts can diagnose, analyse, improve your configuration, based on a screenshot, and support you with its deployment.

Administration and configuration

Universal administration consoleThe administration console is accessible using a web browser. It allows you to configure, use and administer all the contact points under its control. This console brings together all the administration operations in a single and unique point. It also allows logs to be consulted remotely, as well as the error messages produced at the contact points.
Administration APIAdministration operations are also accessible through an API, to be integrated into the company’s environment.
Configuration managementThe Evidian Web Access Manager is stored in a dedicated LDAP directory, and may use replication mechanisms or the SafeKit option for high availability. A configuration can be exported or backed up from its directory and imported into another directory, as it contains all the necessary information.
Daily saving of the configurationEvery night, or at any programmed time, the configuration is saved in a configurable floating period.

Federation and the cloud

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SAML 2.0: service provider and identity providerEvidian Web Access Manager supports SAML 2.0 as a Service Provider or an Identity Provider.

All applications protected by Web Access Manager can become protected resources accessible to other trusted SAML domains.

Similarly, resources external to the enterprise now become accessible while resting on the authentication mechanisms of the enterprise; Web Access Manager is used as an Identity Provider for the trusted external domains. It is this relation that is implemented to access SalesForce or GoogleApps, while managing user authentication with the enterprise means.

Being a service or identity provider enables you to keep control of the accesses between the trusted domains, partners, affiliates or Cloud.

Accessing SaaS applicationsSaaS applications do not support all SAML-authentication mechanisms, but sometimes support simple forms. Due to its non-intrusive reverse-proxy technology, Evidian Web Access Manager enables to provide access to these applications outside the enterprise. Access controls, secondary account management, SSO and audit are natively supported.
Protecting private cloudsThe capabilities of Evidian Web Access Manager make the deployment of private clouds easier. WAM protects Web interfaces for administration or user connections to applications such as VMware vCloud Directory; it increases the authentication level and provides features to configure the security of new organizations. The same identity sources can then be used for internal Web applications and access to private Cloud features.
Cloud Access Management, Web Access ManagementThe same Evidian Web Access Manager instance enables to manage consistently the access to internal applications, external applications and to control the access use to cloud applications. Cloud Access Management is therefore simplified and administered.

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