Securing SaaS Applications with Banyan

Protect SaaS Applications by enabling Device Trust

This article describes features that are only available in the Banyan Business edition and Banyan Enterprise edition.


Banyan uses OpenID Connect Federation flows to intercept authentication requests between your Identity Provider and the SaaS Application to enforce Device Trust policies. Banyan’s security mechanism is designed to be completely transparent to both the user and the SaaS Application.

The flow diagram below describes how Banyan’s Zero Trust access control security mechanism works for SaaS Applications. Review the Apply Device Policies on SaaS Applications quick start guide to see how to enable device-based access control policies on a SaaS application using Banyan’s Zero Trust security framework.

Access to SaaS Applications

SaaS Application Authentication Methods

Banyan supports two techniques to enable Zero Trust policy-based access controls for your SaaS applications:

  • Banyan Federated
    • In this technique, the SaaS application is configured for SAML/OIDC authentication using Banyan TrustProvider. Zero Trust policies can be defined for each individual SaaS application.
  • IDP Routed
    • In this technique, the SaaS Application is configured for SAML/OIDC authentication using your Identity Provider and your Identity Provider is configured to federate to Banyan TrustProvider. Zero Trust policies are defined for groups of SaaS applications via IDP Federation logic.

As indicated in the diagram below, the two techniques accomplish the same policy-based access objective by using slightly different authentication flows.

You can either or both techniques to secure your SaaS Applications. The table below lists a few key considerations you should take into account when deploying each technique:

Works with SaaS applications that support SAML
Works with SaaS applications that support OIDC
Granular policies per SaaS application  
No change to SaaS application SSO configuration  
Technique works with all IDPs (Okta and OneLogin)
Easy configuration for small number of SaaS applications (~10)  
Easy configuration for large number of SaaS applications (10+)  


Last modified: Jul 22, 2021