What is Keycloak ?

Keycloak is a free and open-source identity and access management system. It allows apps and services to be secured with little to no code. User IDs, user federation, identity brokering, and social login are all handled by Keycloak.

Instead of logging in to different services, users log in to Keycloak. This means that you won’t have to manage users for each service you offer. When a person signs up for Keycloak, they don’t have to sign up for other services again.

 

What is Reverse Proxy ?

A reverse proxy is a server that sits in front of web servers and sends requests from clients (such as web browsers) to those servers. In most cases, reverse proxies are used to improve security, performance, and dependability.

 

Why does your organization need miniOrange Reverse Proxy with Keycloak? 

You can strengthen the security of cloud applications by only allowing access to the users who have been authenticated with Keycloak using Reverse Proxy access control. Whenever the user tries to access an application you want to protect, users are redirected and forced to login with keycloak first. If the reverse proxy finds a valid keycloak session, the user is given access to the application and access is denied for non federated users. 

To manage data loss prevention, threat protection and to provide an extra layer of security, connection is established between cloud apps and keycloak through miniOrange Reverse Proxy. miniOrange Reverse Proxy can be used to safeguard SaaS applications (such as Salesforce, Google WorkSpace, Office365) by routing all end-user traffic through the proxy, allowing it to detect irregularities. When a SAML-based app uses an Identity provider (such as Keycloak, Okta, ADFS, Azure AD) for SSO authentication, users are sent back to the app after authentication, allowing access from Reverse proxy.

User authentication with Keycloak via Reverse Proxy

 

How to authenticate users with Keycloak ?

Without miniOrange Reverse Proxy?

Let’s say we have a user Alice. Alice enters the URL and tries to access the protected area of a cloud application. Alice would be able to access the application server and traffic would reach the application server even when the user is not authorized to access or not authenticated with your company federated login (Keycloak).

This will allow attackers to do DOS attacks on your system, do penetration attacks to find vulnerabilities in your application and get into your system through backdoors. 

 

With miniOrange Reverse Proxy?

Now let’s introduce Reverse proxy and put your cloud applications behind a reverse proxy and connect to Keycloak with SAML 2.0 federated SSO connection.

When the user tries to access the application, Reverse Proxy validates if the user is logged in and sends users for Keycloak authentication before giving any access. 

With this approach, you can block attackers traffic from reaching your applications, protect any kind of penetration or attacks on your system even if there are any open vulnerabilities, and ensure an extra layer of security, threat protection, and data loss prevention.  

Keycloak Reverse Proxy Authentication

 

Conclusion: 

Reverse proxy becomes one of the mandates for organizational infrastructure, given the need and efficacy necessary for security within organization. Aside from providing an extra layer of security, it is extremely scalable, adaptable, and efficient. So, if you’re looking to establish a Reverse proxy for your company, miniOrange fits the bill with world-class service and a reasonable pricing.

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