Get Started: Policies

Use JumpCloud policies to remotely manage devices in your organization, customizing managed devices and keeping them secure and in compliance. You can save time by creating JumpCloud policies to remotely apply a set of rules to one managed device, a group of devices, or your entire fleet.

As an IT Admin, you can also add multiple policies to a new policy group and assign the policy group to a device group. A policy group can save you time by letting you implement security or compliance-related issues on a large number of managed devices. A policy group is especially useful in implementing security or compliance-related issues on managed devices. A good practice is to create OS-specific policies.

After a policy takes effect, you can view a policy's status or review the log file to determine if the policy requires additional changes. After you apply a policy, the JumpCloud agent on an individual device continuously compares the local policy with the policies you set in JumpCloud. If a user modifies the device policy, JumpCloud automatically modifies the device's policy to comply with the JumpCloud policy. This process ensures that JumpCloud policies and local devices are kept in sync. JumpCloud policies do not support non-English locales.

Applying policies lets you customize these types of managed devices and make them more secure: 

  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • iOS and iPadOS
  • Linux
  • Android

Some policies you create provide a list of options for you to specify, enable, or disable. For example, when you create a policy for Windows devices to control the use of Help, you can configure the following settings:

  • Restrict potentially unsafe HTML Help functions to specific folders 
  • Restrict programs from being launched from Help 
  • Turn off Data Execution Prevention for HTML Help Executable


If you want to implement zero trust security, a conditional access policy secures access to resources based on conditions by user or user group. See Get Started: Conditional Access Policies.

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