Mobile Data Policy for your Windows devices

Enforce acceptable use, eliminate shadow IT and prevent excessive data usage. Free your always connected laptops and mobile workforce.

More about always-connected devices

Hundreds of millions of devices run Windows 10, by far the most popular desktop operating system on the planet. In today’s always on, access from anywhere remote work environment, organizations provide their employees with unfettered internet access. Tethering, dongles or embedded SIMs provide 24/7 connectivity for your workforce, but enforcing acceptable use, eliminating shadow IT and preventing excessive data usage are the challenges that you now need to tackle.

Laptops using cellular data

After years of evolution in the laptop space, we’re now on the cusp of a revolution. Demand is

rising for machines that bring all of the benefits associated with desktop working, coupled with an always-on data connection via an embedded SIM.

Even when using a WiFi-only laptop, companies have enabled mobile working by equipping employees with portable connectivity, through the use of dongles and MiFi devices. The challenge for many organizations has been securing, controlling and managing the resulting ever growing, and unpredictable consumption of mobile data.

UEM … but for mobile data

Gartner switched out its EMM (enterprise mobility management) label in favor of UEM (unified endpoint management) in its market assessment. The change acknowledges the reality of organizations wanting to manage all endpoints in the same way, from desktops running Windows to iPhones running iOS.

Managing mobile data on these devices is no different. Whatever device your employee uses, and whatever network they might be connecting to, wherever they are in the world, your organization must have a reliable way to implement smart, consistent and flexible usage policies.

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Acceptable usage

With remote working, the lines between non-business and business use can easily become blurred. Most organizations implement compliance mandated policy controls for acceptable use within the physical office – such as blocks on adult content or gambling – the same organizations are now turning their attention to applying acceptable use for remote working on mobiles and cellular enabled laptops.

A guide to managing mobile data with Windows 10

When laptops are connected to tethered devices, metered connections or internal SIMs, large OS updates and other non-critical services can eat up cellular data plans without the user realising it. Other services, such as PC syncing, cloud storage auto-backup and background apps, can contribute to expensive data overages. So too can usage of recreational apps, such as video streaming or online gaming.

The lack of understanding and control over how data is being used is frustrating for both the user and the IT administrator.

The difficulty is that unlike on mobile, where non-essential updates are paused until a WiFi connection is found, machines running Windows 10 do not behave any differently when connected to a 4G network than when on a WiFi hotspot.

Exten – the solution

Exten can be employed to manage the data usage of any Windows 10 device connected to a metered network, applying powerful, flexible and granular controls.

Admins can create policies for data usage on a by-network basis, so different data policies for devices connected to a metered connection, such as a tethered hotspot, than for devices connected on WiFi.

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Mobile Security Index 2019 report

The second annual edition of Verizon’s Mobile Security Index (MSI) has arrived.

Wandera is proud to have contributed data intelligence and analysis to make the report an accurate representation of the mobile threat landscape and how real mobile users are affected by it. Read the full report here.

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