Enable Two-Factor Authentication Using Smart Cards
If you want to enable your end users to authenticate
using a smart card or common access card (CAC), you must import
the Root CA certificate that issued the certificates contained on
the end user CAC or smart cards onto the portal and gateway. You
can then create a certificate profile that includes that Root CA
and apply it to your portal and/or gateway configurations to enable
use of the smart card in the authentication process.
Set up your smart card infrastructure.
This procedure assumes that you have deployed smart cards
and smart card readers to your end users.
For specific instructions,
refer to the documentation for the user authentication provider
In most cases, setting up the smart card infrastructure
involves the generating of certificates for end users and for the
participating servers, which are the GlobalProtect portal and gateway(s)
in this use case.
the Root CA certificate that issued the client certificates contained
on the end user smart cards.
Make sure the certificate is accessible from your management
system and then complete the following steps:
and enter a
Enter the path and name to the
received from the CA, or
find the file.
Base64 Encoded Certificate (PEM)
and then click
import the certificate.
Create the certificate profile on each portal/gateway
on which you plan to use CAC or smart card authentication.
For details on other certificate profile fields,
such as whether to use CRL or OCSP, refer to the online help.
enter a profile
the certificate field that PAN-OS uses to match the IP address for
Assign the certificate profile to the gateway(s) or portal.
This section describes only how to add the certificate profile to
the gateway or portal configuration. For details on setting up these
components, see GlobalProtect
Gateways and GlobalProtect
select the configuration (or
a new one).
you just created.
to save the configuration.
Save the configuration.
Verify the configuration.
From a client system running the GlobalProtect agent, try
to connect to a gateway or portal on which you set up smart card-enabled
authentication. When prompted, insert your smart card and verify
that you can successfully authenticate to GlobalProtect.