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Set authentication policies for organization users

The authentication policy for your organization specifies the ways that users in your organization and their personal tokens can access the organization on the Aiven platform.

Authentication types

When creating an authentication policy, you select the authentication methods to allow for all users in your organization. For increased security, it's a good idea to always verify your organization's domains.

Passwords and two-factor authentication

With password authentication enabled, users log in with their email address and password. For an added layer of security, you can enforce two-factor authentication (2FA) for password logins for all users in your organization.

When 2FA is required, users can't access any resources in your organization until they set up 2FA.


Personal tokens are not affected and continue to work when you make 2FA required. However, when users enable 2FA their existing tokens might stop working.

Third-party authentication

Users can choose to log in using Google, Microsoft, or GitHub.

SSO with an organization identity provider

Users that are part of multiple Aiven organizations can log in using single sign-on (SSO) and access your organization’s resources with an identity provider that is configured for any of those organizations.

You can further restrict access by requiring users to log in with one of your organization’s identity providers. This means that they cannot log in to your organization using another Aiven organization's identity provider. It's strongly recommended to enable this if you only have one Aiven organization.

Personal tokens

Users can generate their own personal tokens for use with the Aiven API. When you turn off personal tokens, managed users can't create personal tokens. Non-managed users can still create personal tokens, but they can't use them to access the organization's resources.

To regularly manage your resources programmatically with the API, CLI, Terraform, or other applications, it's best to create an application user with its own tokens.

Personal tokens are generated with the authentication method that the user logged in with. Tokens are linked to the authentication method they are created with. You can ensure that access to your organization using tokens conforms to the authentication policy by requiring users to be logged in with an allowed authentication method when they use a token. If your authentication policy changes, tokens that don’t conform to the new policy stop working.

For example, if you have an authentication policy that allows users to log in with a password, a user can log in with their email and password, and create a personal token. This token is tied to the password authentication method they logged in with. If the authentication policy changes later to only allow logging on with an identity provider, then the token generated when the user was logged in with their password will not work. After logging in with an allowed method on the new authentication policy the user can create a new token.

Set an authentication policy

  1. In the organization, click Admin.
  2. Click Authentication.
  3. Configure the settings for your authentication policy.
  4. Click Save changes.