Require authentication to access a website or web application

Before you begin

Make sure a directory and identity provider are configured. For more information, see Add a directory and Add an identity provider.

You can enable an authentication mode in a policy to require that users authenticate before they access a website, URL, or web application. If you select the Require or Optional authentication mode settings, you must select an identity provider.

With the Optional mode, users can skip authentication. However, access is not guaranteed when the user skips authentication. For example, if the Social Media category is blocked to every user except for users in Group A, the users in Group A can access social media websites that are part of this category. To access a social media website, users in Group A can authenticate or skip authentication. If the user skips authentication, they are assigned the most strict policy action. In this case, the user who skipped authentication is blocked from accessing the social media website because ETP is unable to confirm that the user is part of Group A.

How to

  1. In the Enterprise Center navigation menu, select Policies > Policies.
  2. Display the policy where you want to enable an authentication mode.
  3. Click the Settings tab.
  4. In the Authentication Mode menu, select Require. Or to allow users to skip authentication, select Optional.
  5. In the Identity Provider field, select the identity provider to use for authentication.
  6. Click Save and deploy your changes.

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