Is end-user training a lost cause?

As everyone knows, the biggest threat to company data and computer systems don't come from outside forces. Unenlightened employees pose the biggest risk. But does end-user education forestall this risk? Take our poll and let us know how you feel.

Time and again we've seen data that indicate the biggest threat to business data and computer systems do not come from outside hackers or competitors; the biggest threats come from employees making dumb mistakes and using their computers and peripherals irresponsibly.

There are two schools of thought on fixing this problem. Those who believe end-user education is the key (if end users are made aware of the behavior that leads to security risks, they'll stop doing it), and those who think end-user education is a waste of time (the warnings go in one ear and out the other).

We'd like to take an informal poll to see which camp you're in. In this poll we ask if you've had success training end users. (By "success," we mean you have seen user behavior change for the better due to training you've conducted.)


Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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