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Duo Single Sign-On for SailPoint IdentityIQ

Last Updated: July 13th, 2023

Add two-factor authentication and flexible security policies to SailPoint IdentityIQ SAML 2.0 logins with Duo Single-Sign On, our cloud-hosted SSO identity provider, offering inline self-service enrollment and authentication with Duo Universal Prompt.


As business applications move from on-premises to cloud hosted solutions, users experience password fatigue due to disparate logons for different applications. Single sign-on (SSO) technologies seek to unify identities across systems and reduce the number of different credentials a user has to remember or input to gain access to resources.

While SSO is convenient for users, it presents new security challenges. If a user's primary password is compromised, attackers may be able to gain access to multiple resources. In addition, as sensitive information makes its way to cloud-hosted services it is even more important to secure access by implementing two-factor authentication and zero-trust policies.

About Duo Single Sign-On

Duo Single Sign-On is our cloud-hosted SSO product which layers Duo's strong authentication and flexible policy engine on top of SailPoint IdentityIQ logins. Duo Single Sign-On acts as an identity provider (IdP), authenticating your users using existing on-premises Active Directory (AD) or another SSO IdP. Duo SSO prompts users for two-factor authentication and performs endpoint assessment and verification before permitting access to SailPoint IdentityIQ.

Duo Single Sign-On is available in Duo Premier, Duo Advantage, and Duo Essentials plans, which also include the ability to define policies that enforce unique controls for each individual SSO application. For example, you can require that Salesforce users complete two-factor authentication at every login, but only once every seven days when accessing SailPoint IdentityIQ. Duo checks the user, device, and network against an application's policy before allowing access to the application.

Configure Single Sign-On

Before configuring SailPoint IdentityIQ with Duo SSO using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 authentication you'll first need to enable Duo Single Sign-On for your Duo account and configure a working authentication source.

Once you have your SSO authentication source working, continue to the next step of creating the SailPoint IdentityIQ application in Duo.

Create the SailPoint IdentityIQ Application in Duo

  1. Log on to the Duo Admin Panel and navigate to Applications.

  2. Click Protect an Application and locate the entry for SailPoint IdentityIQ with a protection type of "2FA with SSO hosted by Duo (Single Sign-On)" in the applications list. Click Protect to the far-right to start configuring SailPoint IdentityIQ. See Protecting Applications for more information about protecting applications in Duo and additional application options. You'll need the information on the SailPoint IdentityIQ page under Downloads later.

  3. SailPoint IdentityIQ uses the Mail attribute when authenticating. We've mapped the <Email Address> bridge attribute to Duo Single Sign-On supported authentication source attributes as follows:

    Bridge Attribute Active Directory SAML IdP
    <Email Address> mail Email

    If you are using a non-standard email attribute for your authentication source, check the Custom attributes box and enter the name of the attribute you wish to use instead.

  4. You can adjust additional settings for your new SAML application at this time — like changing the application's name from the default value, enabling self-service, or assigning a group policy.

  5. Keep the Duo Admin Panel tab open. You will come back to it later.

Duo Universal Prompt

The new Universal Prompt provides a simplified and accessible Duo login experience for web-based applications, offering a redesigned visual interface with security and usability enhancements.

Universal Prompt Traditional Prompt
 Duo Push in Universal Prompt  Duo Push in Traditional Prompt

We've already updated the Duo SailPoint IdentityIQ application hosted in Duo's service to support the Universal Prompt, so there's no action required on your part to update the application itself. You can activate the Universal Prompt experience for users of new and existing Duo SailPoint IdentityIQ applications from the Duo Admin Panel.

Before you activate the Universal Prompt for your application, it's a good idea to read the Universal Prompt Update Guide for more information about the update process and the new login experience for users.

Activate Universal Prompt

Activation of the Universal Prompt is a per-application change. Activating it for one application does not change the login experience for your other Duo applications.

The "Universal Prompt" area of the application details page shows that this application is "New Prompt Ready", with these activation control options:

  • Show traditional prompt: (Default) Your users experience Duo's traditional prompt when logging in to this application.
  • Show new Universal Prompt: Your users experience the Universal Prompt when logging in to this application.

Universal Prompt Info - Application Ready for Universal Prompt

Enable the Universal Prompt experience by selecting Show new Universal Prompt, and then scrolling to the bottom of the page to click Save.

Once you activate the Universal Prompt, the application's Universal Prompt status shows "Update Complete" here and on the Universal Prompt Update Progress report.

Universal Prompt Info - Universal Prompt Activation Complete

Should you ever want to roll back to the traditional prompt, you can return to this setting and change it back to Show traditional prompt.

Universal Update Progress

Click the See Update Progress link to view the Universal Prompt Update Progress report. This report shows the update availability and migration progress for all your Duo applications in-scope for Universal Prompt support. You can also activate the new prompt experience for multiple supported applications from the report page instead of visiting the individual details pages for each application.

Enable SailPoint IdentityIQ for SSO

  1. Log into your SailPoint IdentityIQ account as an administrative user.

  2. Click the Settings icon drop-down menu in the top right corner of the page, and then click Global Settings. The "Global Settings" page opens.

  3. Click Login Configuration. The "Login Configuration" page opens.

  4. Click the Login Settings tab.

  5. Click the Auto create user rule drop-down menu and select SERI - Identity Creation Script.

  6. Click the SSO Configuration tab.

  7. Click the Enable SAML Based Single Sign-On (SSO) checkbox.

  8. Return to the Duo Admin Panel. Under "Metadata", copy the Entity ID/Issuer URL and paste it into the SailPoint IdentityIQ Entity ID/Issuer field under "Identity Provider Settings".

  9. Return to the Duo Admin Panel. Copy the SSO Login URL and paste it into the SailPoint IdentityIQ SSO Login URL field.

    Duo SailPoint IdentityIQ Metadata URLs
  10. Return to the Duo Admin Panel. Under "Downloads", click Download certificate. Open the certificate file in a text editor (like Notepad) and copy the entire contents of the file, including the -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE--- and -----END CERTIFICATE----- lines. Paste the certificate file text into the SailPoint IdentityIQ Public X.509 Certificate field.

    SailPoint IdentityIQ Identity Provider Settings Section
  11. In your SailPoint IdentityIQ account page, copy the base url in your address bar and paste it into the Duo Admin Panel Base URL field. If the URL in your address bar is, then your base URL is

  12. In the Duo Admin Panel, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save. Under "Service Provider", the Entity ID/Issuer and SAML URL (ACS) fields are now populated.

    Duo SailPoint IdentityIQ Service Provider Fields
  13. Under "Service Provider", copy the Entity ID/Issuer URL and paste it into the SailPoint IdentityIQ Entity ID/Issuer field under "Service Provider (IdentityIQ) Settings".

  14. Return to the Duo Admin Panel. Copy the SAML URL (ACS) and paste it into the SailPoint IdentityIQ SAML URL (ACS) field.

  15. In your SailPoint IdentityIQ account page, click the HTTP POST radio button.

  16. Click the SAML Name ID Format drop-down menu and select unspecified.

  17. Click the SAML Correlation Rule drop-down menu and select IdentityNowSAML.

    SailPoint IdentityIQ Service Provider Settings Section
  18. Click Save.

Learn more about SailPoint IdentityIQ SSO at SailPoint IdentityIQ Support.

Using SSO

You can log on to SailPoint IdentityIQ by navigating to your SailPoint IdentityIQ SSO page e.g., You will be automatically redirected to Duo Single Sign-On to begin authentication.

Active Directory Login

With Active Directory as the Duo SSO authentication source, enter the primary username (email address) on the Duo SSO login page and click or tap Next.

Duo Single Sign-On Login

Enter the AD primary password and click or tap Log in to continue.

Duo Single Sign-On Password

SAML Login

With another SAML identity provider as the Duo SSO authentication source, Duo SSO immediately redirects the login attempt to that SAML IdP for primary authentication. Users do not see the Duo SSO primary login screen.

Duo Authentication

Successful verification of your primary credentials by Active Directory or a SAML IdP redirects back to Duo. Complete Duo two-factor authentication when prompted and then you'll return to SailPoint IdentityIQ to complete the login process.

Duo Universal Prompt

* Universal Prompt experience shown.

You can also log into SailPoint IdentityIQ using Duo Central, our cloud-hosted portal which allows users to access all of their applications in one spot. Link to SailPoint IdentityIQ in Duo Central by adding it as an application tile. Once the tile has been added, log into Duo Central and click the tile for SailPoint IdentityIQ.

Congratulations! Your SailPoint IdentityIQ users now authenticate using Duo Single Sign-On.

See the full user login experience, including expired password reset (available for Active Directory authentication sources in the Duo End User Guide for SSO.

Enable Remembered Devices

To minimize additional Duo two-factor prompts when switching between SailPoint IdentityIQ and your other Duo Single Sign-On SAML applications, be sure to apply a shared "Remembered Devices" policy to your SAML applications.


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