Mobile Data Policy for Windows 10

Exten is a data policy offering specifically designed for your Windows 10 estate, including always-connected laptops. Enforce acceptable use, eliminate shadow IT and prevent excessive data usage.

A revolution in always-connected workers

Windows devices are highly productive tools, but data costs can skyrocket, background processes alone can consume 0.3GB per day, this is 6.5GB per month. Conferencing tools like Skype or Zoom can use 1-2GB/hr and with the ability to multitask it is easy to consume data. With more staff working outside the office than ever before businesses need control.

The policy challenge for Enterprise IT

Providing unfettered Internet access for your employees presents challenges for your IT team. Users are more likely to access shadow IT such as cloud storage sites exposing your data to risk, more likely to visit inappropriate content that represents a legal liability, and of course with heavy data usage comes ever rising mobile data bills.

Data Policy and Content Security

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.

Extend your on device security into the network and protect devices against zero-day threats. Prevent data breaches due to phishing, malware and other content threats available on risky websites.

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 always connected 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.

Introducing

Cap data usage by network

Set smart limits on the amount of data that can be used by country. Powerful whitelisting and blacklisting features mean essential services can still be accessed

Block unwanted apps and services

Set policies that prevent apps and background processes from consuming your cellular data plan, such as cloud storage syncs or system updates

Prevent zero-day threats

Stop attacks before they begin with content security powered by MI:RIAM, Wandera’s next-generation machine learning engine which proactively seeks out, analyzes and blocks malicious content

Key features

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