More than half of businesses feel that Web 2.0 and other collaborative technologies are critical to the future success of their company and require a new approach to IT security.

In its research in April, Clearswift found that 61 per cent of UK companies are now encouraging or allowing the use of web collaboration or social media tools in the workplace while more than half believed that making use of web collaboration technologies is now ‘critical' to the future success of their business.

Six months on it seems that the attitude has not changed regarding Web 2.0 use, however it has found that almost three quarters (74 per cent) of the 2,000 office workers surveyed feel ‘confident' that they understand internet policies, but a third said that they have not received any training on IT security since joining their firm.

Also, one in seven people fear they may currently be inadvertently breaching corporate policy, while one in four of those surveyed felt that their company ‘could be better' at communicating guidelines with 63 per cent blaming ignorance or a lack of understanding for security breaches suffered by their organisation.

Richard Turner, chief executive of Clearswift, said: “By bringing IT security out of the shadows and educating employees on the risks and the protection in place, all organisations will ultimately benefit. Security should not be about cloak and dagger or fear and reprisals, it should be open, visible, evolving and engaging. Above all it should be born out of knowledge and understanding.”

He said there is little or no point in having an IT security policy in place unless staff across the business is fully aware of it and understand the reasons why the rules are in place.

“This ignorance and concern is just a hindrance in today's enterprises. It's time for companies to get to grips with making a policy a living, breathing part of their business that is relevant to everyday corporate life, not just a tick in the box when it comes to an induction period,” said Turner.