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IBM Aspera on Cloud SAML integration

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an extra layer of security used when logging into websites or apps. Individuals are authenticated through more than one required security and validation procedure that only they know or have access to.

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a protocol for authenticating to web applications. SAML allows federated apps and organizations to communicate and trust one another’s users.

Arculix by SecureAuth offers a simple method for adding single sign-on (SSO) MFA to IBM Aspera on Cloud through its SAML solution.


  • Configured Arculix instance and user account with administrative privileges for Arculix.

  • Configured Arculix LDAP Agent.

    For more information, see the Arculix LDAP Agent deployment guide.

  • User account with administrative privileges for IBM Aspera on Cloud.

IBM Aspera on Cloud configuration

In this section, you'll configure IBM Aspera on Cloud as a service provider (SP).

  1. Download the SAML metadata and certificate for your organization from Arculix.

    Metadata download:<myorganization>/saml/download/metadata

    View metadata:<myorganization>/saml/metadata

    Certificate download:<myorganization>/saml/download/cert

  2. Log in to your IBM Aspera on Cloud instance, click the settings icon in the top right corner, and click Admin.

  3. In the left menu, go to Authentication > SAML and click Create new.

  4. On the Create a new SAML configuration page, set the following configurations:


    Enter a name for this SAML configuration.

    SSO target URL

    Enter the Arculix single sign-on URL for your organization.

    For example,<myorganization>/saml/auth

    SAML login button label

    Enter the button text to display on the login page for your end users.


    Choose Certificate and paste the Arculix certificate metadata downloaded in Step 1.

  5. Scroll down to the Attribute mapping section and set the following configurations, then click on Create.


    Enter the Email attribute.

    First name

    Enter the First name attribute.

    Last name

    Enter the Last name attribute.

    Member of

    Enter the Member of attribute.



    For details on login restrictions, see Configuring SAML: Overview on the IBM website.

  6. Copy the IBM Aspera on Cloud metadata for the Arculix configuration, then click Save.

  7. After you create the SAML instance, you can configure workspaces and shared inboxes for your SAML users in these steps.

    1. Select the Workspace memberships tab and click Add workspace memberships.

    2. Select the Role for SAML users in this workspace, andclick Add.


Arculix SAML configuration as an Identity Provider (IdP)

In this section, you'll add an application for IBM Aspera on Cloud and set the SAML configuration settings. This will be the Identity Provider (IdP) side of the configuration.

  1. Log in to Arculix with an administrative account and go to Applications.

  2. Click Create New Application.

    Create new application
  3. In the New Application form, on the General tab, set the following configurations:


    Set the name of the application. This is the name to display for push notifications, in the Admin panel, Application portal, and audit logs.

    For example, IBM Aspera on Cloud.


    Set to SAML Service Provider.

    Out of Band Methods 

    Select the allowed methods end users can choose to approve MFA requests.

    For example, Arculix Mobile app (push notifications), SMS, or Security Key.

    Message for MFA Requests 

    Optional. Type a message displayed to end users when sending an MFA request via push notification, SMS, or email.

  4. Select the SAML Service Provider Configuration tab, and set the following configurations:

    Issuer or Entity ID 

    Paste the Entity ID URL found in the downloaded IBM Aspera on Cloud SAML metadata.

    For example,<identifier>/saml/414/metadata

    Log in URL 

    Enter the login URL for your IBM Aspera on Cloud instance.

    For example, https://<identifier>

    NameID Format 

    Set to Unspecified.

    Name Identifier 

    Set to Email.


    Set to RSA-SHA256.

  5. Scroll down and click Add New Attribute Assertion, and create new attributes with the following values:

    Friendly Name



    Name Format

    First name

    First name







    Last name

    Last name



    Member of

    Member of



  6. Save your changes.

Test your application integration

  1. Go to your IBM Aspera on Cloud URL and select Arculix.

  2. You will be redirected to the Arculix SSO page.

    Application login page with QR code
  3. After successful authentication, select your preferred MFA method to approve access to the IBM Aspera on Cloud application.

    Select MFA method
  4. You are redirected to the IBM Aspera on Cloud home page.


If you have questions or need assistance, contact SecureAuth Support.


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