"As employees increasingly use mobile technology in the workplace, employers need to take precautions that data security extends beyond the office walls and network firewall. It's important to have a holistic approach to security in place - incorporating technologies, education and policies - that covers every access point to the corporate network," said Mr Kendall.
"This has led to the development of sophisticated new ways to manage data access. One example is 'attribute-based access control' which uses a combination of information about the person seeking access - such as their location, what device they are using, whether the request is within their normal pattern of working hours, and how they have verified their identity - in order to determine what data is allowed to be accessed at that time. Or it may ask for additional proof of identity such as a fingerprint, before access is granted. This takes a very personalised approach to data access for mobile workers," he explained.
Mr Kendall recommended the use of VPNs for accessing work networks from insecure locations, and secure virtual terminals for accessing sensitive corporate data from public or shared-use devices.