The demand for great information security talent is far outstripping supply. In 2015, Cisco released a report where they estimated from a 2014 study that there are a million unfulfilled security jobs worldwide. What happened? Is there an insane shortage in talent, or has the security problem just become that much worse? How are we going to find all those people? Is there another solution?

While reporting for Speak With A Geek at the 2016 Security BSides Las Vegas conference, I asked the attendees, “How are we going to fill 1,000,000 open security positions?” It’s kind of an impossible task, but they actually had some rather sage advice.

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In February, I wrote an article Tricks We Use to Produce Content Quickly. Looking back, I realized that there were a lot more tips I should have included, so I’ve rewritten that article with tons of bonus material. Here goes…

Events are a beehive of potential content. If you want to capture and produce it, be ready to be exhausted. There is always more content you want to collect that’s beyond what’s physically possible. Depending on the event and the demands of the client, you may also need to publish as the event is happening. Over the nine plus years Spark Media Solutions has been creating event-based content we’ve learned a few things about how to speed up the production process. While you could adopt the advice for general production, these tips are specific to any event-based scenario where you have extremely limited time and the speed of capturing, producing, and publishing are all critical.

Typical content capturing and production involves countless little steps. These tips are about streamlining your process. Shaving off any time, even by just a few seconds, is crucial when needing to produce a lot of quality content before your deadline.

1: Prepare your production process. Seriously, do it.

Everyone knows they should prepare for production, but very few people really spend the necessary time to do it. Start by mapping out your entire production process before you even begin. Once it’s visualized, assign a name to every single task. Can any of the tasks be combined or removed? Does everyone who has their name assigned to a task know their tasks? Do they know when they’ll be doing it or who will be sending them materials so that they can complete their task?

2: Take two of everything

Take two of everythingIn the field, the unexpected always happens. If you don’t have two of every single piece of equipment you’re going to be very sorry. The simplest failure can shut down production. For example, I’ve broken a tiny little plastic piece that holds my light to my camera. If I didn’t have a backup, that $7 item could have ruined production.

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View Counts Are for Amateurs. Determining the Real Value of Your Video.

May 19, 2016
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We all rally around a video’s view count to determine its success. But how often can you determine the ROI for your business solely from a video’s view count? Video for business has so many other benefits that can directly impact your bottom line.

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An Argument for Yelling at Customer Service

May 4, 2016
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Are there times where yelling at customer service is validated and will also deliver the service you want?

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Why Do So Many Corporate Videos Suck?

April 11, 2016
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Before you produce your next corporate video, please do yourself and your company a favor, and watch this video.

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13 Annoying Communications that Must End in 2016

March 18, 2016
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I love to complain. And I love that you love to hear me complain. For the sixth year in a row, here’s my list of communication annoyances.

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How Would Someone Break Into Your Network?

March 7, 2016
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At the 2016 RSA Conference in San Francisco, I tried a little social engineered hacking. I wasn’t so subtle about it.

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Tricks We Use to Produce Content Quickly

February 24, 2016
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It’s what we do to produce a ton of content, especially at live events.

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12 Awesome People Who Should Be on a List But Aren’t

February 17, 2016
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I meet, network, and work with lots of people. The vast majority don’t make an impression on me. Here’s a short list of 12 people who do.

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Five Trade Show Gimmicks Gone Horribly Wrong

February 11, 2016
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We’ve all made mistakes desperate to get some attention on the trade show floor. Some were just poor planning while are others are outright offensive.

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