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If you’re ready to think beyond material and external success, if you’re ready to take control of who you are and the kind of life you live, if you’re ready to flourish, this podcast is for you. The topics I cover help you understand what it means to live a flourishing life, a life of meaning, satisfaction, and enduring happiness.(Formerly known as the Rational Ignorance Podcast.)Contact us at rationalignorance@pm.me, on Twitter @TheRIpodcast, or on Mastodon @rationalignorance@mastodon.social.
 
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Cyber Ways Podcast

Tom Stafford, Craig Van Slyke

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The Cyber Ways Podcast brings academic cyber security research into the "real world." We interview top academic researchers to find how their research can be put into practice by cyber security professionals. Our focus is on behavioral aspects of cyber security. Occasionally, we touch on related topics, such as information privacy and surveillance.Each episode discusses one published, peer-reviewed article to reveal the practical implications of the research. Your hosts, Tom Stafford and Cra ...
 
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In this episode of Cyber Ways, Tom and Craig discuss a classic behavioral security paper that explores how users rationalize their purposeful violations of security policy. Listen and learn the six common rationalizations and what security managers can do to reduce their effects. Citation: Siponen, M., & Vance, A. (2010). Neutralization: new insigh…
 
How much would your life improve if you could take more control over yourself and your behaviors? In this episode you’ll learn how to take charge of your life through self-leadership. Despite the influence of others, you and you alone are responsible for your life. Join Craig as he explores some of the principles of Deci and Ryan's self-determinati…
 
Every day we are bombarded with security warnings that all look more-or-less the same. Over time, we tend to tune out these warnings through a process called habituation. In this episode of Cyber Ways, we discuss this problem and how to address it with Dr. Anthony (Tony) Vance of Virginia Tech. Dr. Vance and his colleagues have conducted fascinatin…
 
Whether you realize it or not, who you are is under your control. You get to decide the sort of person you are and the virtues you exhibit. In this episode, I discuss Benjamin Franklin's "... bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection." Franklin's method is elegant in it's simplicity and powerful in its ability to transform lives. Lea…
 
Cicero called gratitude not only the greatest, but also the parent of all other virtues. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, a leading researcher on happiness, notes that gratitude can act as an antidote for negative emotions. Across millennia great thinkers have noted the benefits of gratitude. In this episode, I explore gratitude and its many benefit…
 
We humans, like all animals, are wired to respond to fear. When a wildebeest senses a lion's presence, they go on alert and flee. Humans react similarly -- fear brings reaction. In this episode of Cyber Ways, we talk with Dr. Dennis Galletta from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburg about his research into how to leverage user…
 
We often hear of utility, usually as it relates to economics or usefulness. But there is a different view of utility, one that focuses on pleasure. In this episode, Andrea and Craig discuss this view of utility as pleasure, which is the foundation of Jeremey Bentham and John Stuart Mills' view of utilitarianism. They also discuss the difference bet…
 
Many studies of cyber security behavior treat behaviors as the result of conscious thought. But, most behaviors are automatic and occur without any conscious deliberation of the benefits and risks of the behavior. Psychologists call this automatic thinking System 1 cognition as opposed to the more deliberative System 2 cognition. Unfortunately, Sys…
 
Humans are hardwired to pay more attention to negative events than positive events. This proclivity is known as the negativity bias. Thankfully, a large number of good events can overcome the effects of a small number of bad events, which can work out well because most of us experience many more positive events than negative events. The problem is …
 
In this episode of Cyber Ways, Dr. Clay Posey of Brigham Young University, and Dr. Matthew Canham from the University of Central Florida join us to discuss their 2021 paper, “Phishing for Long Tails: Examining Organizational Repeat Clickers and Protective Stewards,” which was published in SAGE Open. The paper discusses an extensive research project…
 
Craig’s favorite day of the week is Saturday, not just because it’s recording day, but also because it’s #Caturday! (It really is a thing.) Fun, seemingly silly activities like posting or viewing cat pictures (or dog pics, or whatever) give us some hints on an often overlooked aspect of flourishing. In this episode, we explore why frivolous activit…
 
The Cyber Ways podcast is brought to you by the Center for Information Assurance, at Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business. Cyber Ways is funded through a Just Business grant, made possible through the generosity of donors to the Louisiana Tech University College of Business. For more information contact Craig Van Slyke at vanslyke@latech…
 
Recently, a listener posed an interesting question in response to Episode 9 on Human Flourishing. In that episode we said that a hermit might be happy living alone in the woods, but that s/he wouldn't really living a flourishing life. The listener questioned whether this was accurate, especially since flourishing is unique to each individual. In th…
 
In this episode of Cyber Ways, Craig interviews co-host Dr. Tom Stafford about his 2021 paper, Platform-Dependent Computer Security Complacency: The Unrecognized Insider Threat, which was published in the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Dr. Stafford is the J.E. Barnes Eminent Scholar in Data Analytics at Louisiana Tech University. He h…
 
Andrea and Craig welcome Nita Sweeney, an author, distance runner, and meditator who shares her tale of overcoming depression and anxiety through long distance running with her dog Morgan. She details the first basic steps everyone should take to start their battle against depression, getting out of bed and doing a basic self-care task such as brus…
 
Many of us have a faith, but how is that different from spirituality? Is spirituality like food in the sense that we need it to care for our bodies (or in this case, our soul), something that every person by the nature of being a person has to deal with, or is it more like art and music? Spirituality, unlike religion, focuses on obtaining a sense o…
 
Whether we know it or not, our behaviors, including those related to cybersecurity, are influenced by others. Sometimes this is obvious, such as when we read reviews before reserving a hotel room, but often the effects are more subtle. In this episode of Cyber Ways, Dr. Merrill Warkentin of Mississippi State University joins us to discuss his 2020 …
 
The Cyber Ways Podcast brings academic cyber security research into the "real world." We interview top academic researchers to find how their research can be put into practice by cyber security professionals. Our focus is on behavioral aspects of cyber security. Occasionally, we touch on related topics, such as information privacy and surveillance.…
 
Music is synonymous with emotion and beauty and is a vital part of life. This week Andrea and Craig welcome musician Bryan Toney as he gives us insight on how music can help us flourish. He explains why it’s important to find your passion and how you can make music (or engage in some other creative activity) while still working another job. We also…
 
In this episode Andrea and Craig welcome Sebastian Siegel, a British-American director, producer, screenwriter and author to talk about some of the themes and experiences from his new film, Grace and Grit, based on the book by Ken Wilber. They discuss the resilience of human love when faced with tragedy and loss, deep philosophical issues regarding…
 
In the first episode of season two, Andrea and Craig discuss some of the differences in how Aristotle, Dr. Martin Seligman, and Harvard view flourishing and some of the overlapping concepts in philosophy, religion, psychology and Daoism related to living a good life. Craig explains in depth how striving for flourishing is beneficial to anyone no ma…
 
Andrea and Craig reflect about some key moments and concepts from season one and shine a light on what listeners can expect in season two. They discuss the Aristotelian mean, arete, virtues and many ways to live an excellent life. Stay tuned for season two to get at the heart of the psychology behind wellbeing, Ben Franklin’s method for becoming th…
 
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat … these and other social media platforms allow us to keep up with old friends and make new ones, lets us expand our knowledge and stay informed about current events, and even give rise to important social movements. But social media are addictive, manipulative and the lynchpin of the surveillance eco…
 
We live in a world filled with uncertainty. Often this uncertainty leads to anxiety about the future. Fortunately, information can reduce uncertainty, and in turn, reduce anxiety. The catch is that the new information may also uncover new uncertainty, leading to increased anxiety. In this episode, we explore the seemingly paradoxical relationship a…
 
Sadly, we live in a world rife with fake news, misinformation, and disinformation, in what President Barack Obama called "a dust cloud of nonsense." In this episode, we talk with Dr. Amber Hinsley, a former journalist turned academic, about the problem of fake news, misinformation and disinformation, how our own beliefs affect what we see as fake o…
 
Every day we are bombarded with a barrage of information, distractions, noise and unnecessary stimuli. Our attention is a limited resource, and with a myriad things competing for it, how do we protect ourselves and safeguard our peace of mind? Andrea and Craig discuss how tuning out can help us avoid stress along with some of the best ways to tune …
 
Social noise is phenomenon that concerns how the presence of others affects our social behaviors. This episode is the second in a two part series. (You probably guessed that from the "Part 2" in the title.) In this episode we discuss social noise in the context of COVID-19 with our guest, Dr. Tara Zimmerman. Dr. Zimmerman also offers some thoughts …
 
The constant presence of social media in our lives leads us to, intentionally or unintentionally, form our impressions of some people through what they post on social media. In many cases, such impressions are wrong. In a phenomenon called social noise, which describes how observation by others in our networks affects how we respond to different ty…
 
"Rational" and "ignorance" are words that don't often go together, but sometimes they should. In this episode Andrea and Craig explore the concept of rational ignorance. which basically means that when the cost of acquiring information exceeds the value of that information, it's rational to remain ignorant. We also have a guest appearance from Taz!…
 
Welcome to the Rational Ignorance Podcast! In this episode, Andrea and Craig discuss their goals for the podcast, and what listeners can expect to gain from listening (in business speak -- the value proposition). We're new to this, so we appreciate your indulgence as we work out any problems. Thanks for listening!! Contact us at rationalignorance@p…
 
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