Welcome to the BlastShield™ Quick Start Guide. In this series of articles you will learn how to setup your BlastShield™ protected network. To get your BlastShield network up and running, the following workflows are required.
Add new users to your protected network (this article)
New users are registered on the BlastShield™ network using a secure, invitation-based methodology that uses multi-factor authentication and is password-free.
This process will create a new user account, and will generate an invitation (.bsi) file for the new user. You must send the invitation file to the new user so that they can activate their account. The invitation files are personal to each user, so you will have to generate one invitation file for each new user. The process looks like this:
Create a profile for the new user in the Orchestrator and download the BSI invitation file
Give the invitation file to the new user
The new user registers using the BlastShield™ Desktop Client and BlastShield Authenticator app using the BSI file.
The invitation files are single-use, so if for any reason you want to repeat the registration step for a user you must generate a new invitation file.
1. Add new users to your protected network
First, add the new user in the Orchestrator, and save the invitation (.bsi) file as described below:
Select "Users" from the left menu.
Select "Add New User" from the user list.
Enter the user name for the new user.
Confirm or enter the IP address for your new user (You can override auto-selected IP addresses).
3. The new user registers using the invitation file.
The new user will install the Desktop client on their computer and the Mobile Authenticator App on their phone and use them register to the BlastShield network. The desktop client will ask for the invitation BSI file during the process to validate the registration and the user will also be required to authenticate biometrics on their mobile device.
To learn how to do this, watch the following video or read the instructions below.
Launch the BlastShield™ Authenticator Mobile App
Launch the BlastShield™ Desktop App
From within the BlastShield™ Desktop App Select the "Mobile App" Authentication Method
You will be prompted to scan a QR Code with your Mobile App
Scan the QR Code with your BlastShield™ Authenticator Mobile App
Select "Add new" - this is when you will register this key to the network
Locate and select the invitation file (BSI) you received
Enter a name for this network (Note: this can be any name of your choosing)
You will be prompted to verify your facial or biometric identification (mobile device dependent)
Once your identification is verified you will be logged into the BlastShield™ network
Once you have registered and authenticated for the first time, you will no longer require the .bsi invitation file.
If you would like the BlastShield™ Client to stay connected when your screen is locked then you can configure this in the Client as described below:
Click on the BlastShield icon on your desktop
Click on the Settings menu
Uncheck the option for 'Disconnect from network when desktop is locked'
Other connectivity options
Most users will use the Desktop Client and the Mobile Authenticator to connect, but we also offer two other methods for connections and authentication. These are: