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 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 authentication provider software.In most cases, the smart card infrastructure setup involves the generating of certificates for end users and participating servers, which are the GlobalProtect portal and gateway(s) in this use case.
- Import 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:
- Select, and thenDeviceCertificate ManagementCertificatesDevice CertificatesImporta certificate.
- Enter aCertificate Name.
- Enter the path and name of theCertificate Filereceived from the CA, orBrowseto locate the file.
- SelectBase64 Encoded Certificate (PEM)from theFile Formatdrop-down, and then clickOKto 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.
- Select.DeviceCertificate ManagementCertificate Profile
- Select an existing certificate profile orAdda new one.
- Enter aNamefor the certificate profile.
- Select the certificateUsername Fieldthat PAN-OS uses to match the IP address for User-ID–eitherSubjectto use a common name,Subject Alt: Emailto use an email address, orSubject Alt: Principal Nameto use the Principal Name.
- In theCA Certificatesarea,Addthe trusted root CA certificate you imported in step 2 to the certificate profile. When prompted, select theCA Certificate, and then clickOK.
- ClickOKto save the certificate profile.
- Select an existing portal or gateway configuration orAdda new one.
- On the GlobalProtect Gateway Configuration dialog, selectAuthentication.
- Select theCertificate Profileyou just created.
- ClickOKto save the configuration.
- Committhe configuration.
- Verify the configuration.From an endpoint running the GlobalProtect app, try to connect to the 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.
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