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What cybersecurity training gets wrong

John Blythe, director of cyber psychology at the English software company Immersive Labs, joins this week’s Priorities podcast to share the results of a recent study that revealed cybersecurity vulnerabilities in generative AI chatbots and why he believes that many cybersecurity training programs aren’t as effective as they could be. Blythe says one frequent mistake in cyber training programs is that their advice is too generic. Instead, he recommends “meeting people where they’re at” and framing training around personal issues they care about. “In cybersecurity, we focus on understanding what prevents people from engaging in cybersecurity best practices and how we can design interventions and training to tackle those psychological barriers,” Blythe says.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.