Back in the late 1980s, it seemed like everyone at work was talking about the book \u201cAll I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.\u201d Many adults share that view about cyber ethics training today \u2013 with perhaps an upgrade from Kindergarten to eighth grade and a few words added. You know, be nice online, be fair online, don\u2019t steal or cheat online, etc.\u00a0 Adults don\u2019t need ethics training do they?As I\u2019ve been discussing over the past few weeks in my blogs, many of the online behaviors that we\u2019re seeing as CSOs are starting to take new turns. People are crossing the policy lines, and it\u2019s tough for the policies to keep up. What can we do about it? \u00a0Cyber ethics training for kids abounds at many websites, with ample lists of dos and don\u2019ts. Headlines seem to daily remind us of the harm that can be caused by predators and thieves. Still we know that most of our employees want to do the right thing. How can we move forward in this new world?\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0As I researched this topic, I\u2019ve come across quite a few good ideas and thought-provoking commentaries. One piece by Don Gotterbarn is entitled: \u201cCyber Ethics Considered Harmful.\u201d \u00a0He discusses how many college students and adult professionals are turned off by lists of do\u2019s and don\u2019ts\u00a0 - which are mostly committed by criminals. He discusses the history of cyber ethics training classes with summaries like:\u201cThe reactive emphasis (of the classes) did not encourage proactive behavior. Students were encouraged merely to judge the morality of an act that has occurred rather than to determine or guide action to prevent or discourage immoral behaviors.\u201dGotterbarn brings up many excellent points as he criticizes attempts to teach \u201cInternet Professional Ethics\u201d or IPEs to adults. He concludes his paper with this conclusion:\u00a0\u201cThere are two significant tasks needed as preparation to introduce this material into the professional\/technical curriculum. The first task is the preparation of materials which start with a clear concept of IPE showing how, within the context of professional ethics, sound ethical decisions can and must be made. \u00a0The second task is a concerted research effort to clearly articulate the values that drive good Internet development practices. These can then be used to help guide the professional decisions of Internet developers.\u201dAnother great article on ethical issues in technology was written by the editor of State and Local Technology Magazine, Lee Copeland. She lays out the ethical dilemmas facing technology professionals as we move forward. Here\u2019s one quote:\u201cMedicine has the Hippocratic oath. The heavily regulated medical profession licenses its practitioners and tracks and restricts the prescription of drugs. But what about IT? Other than a few providers of professional certifications, there\u2019s no professional standards or regulatory body that governs IT or determines what qualifies as ethical behavior.\u201dClearly what we're doing now doesn't cut it. We need clearer ethical guidance. I think CSOs shy away from this, since it seems more like a duty for churches \u2013 including the need to make moral judgments. And yet, isn\u2019t that what we are doing with our policies?\u00a0 We can\u2019t assume that people know where all the potholes are on the Internet. We\u2019ll need to devise classes along the lines that Gotterbarn describes.What does that mean? What about \u201cadult\u201d men and women behaving badly at work? They know what they\u2019re doing. How can we address this growing group that thinks it\u2019s ok to speed on cyber highways? Some say it can never be stopped \u2013 without way too much pain. Back to the original question, they know exactly how to avoid getting caught \u2013 at least they think they do. Put up a better firewall or a new process, and they\u2019ll be tools and ways to get around it. We\u2019re back to the different views on morality and personal ethics. \u00a0Clearly there are (at least) two groups, and just like on interstate highways, some will speed - but eventually they'll get caught. Other people will continue their immoral behavior, but eventually "their sins will find them out." As CSOs we're seeing it now, and we see how it devastates lives.\u00a0While only time will tell if the next generation of cyber ethics training will slow this new trend, I think one thing is clear.\u00a0 This will need to be a new kind of training. It will be a blend between what today is values training, ethics training and the current cybersecurity (more hand-on) training. It will need to address a different set of questions than the status quo. It will go beyond explaining viruses, worms, botnets, identity theft or whatever is \u201chot\u201d at the moment, and start to address deeper philosophical issues which affect lifestyles and cyber behaviors. Most of all, it will need to motivate positive behaviors and actions. It needs to enable the good guys to do more proactive things and stay on the straight and narrow, and not just stop the bad guys or prevent bad things from happening.\u00a0 It may require a complete rethink of where the lines are. Not to water down immoral behavior, but to rethink what\u2019s acceptable at work with government dollars. (Remember, most governments have policies that still forbid the majority of personal phones calls.) We have a whole new set of challenges to answer, but it's not just for kids. Cyber ethics training needs to be for adults as well.