Linkedin Learning: Producing a Video

My Linkedin Learning course is getting really strong positive feedback. Today, I want to peel back the cover a bit, and talk about how it came to be.

Before I struck a deal with Linkedin, I talked to some of the other popular training sites. Many of them will buy you a microphone and some screen recording software, and you go to town! They even “let” you edit your own videos. Those aren’t my skillsets, and I think the quality often shines through. Just not in a good way.

I had a great team at Linkedin. From conceptualizing the course and the audience, through final production, it’s been a blast. Decisions that were made were made because of what’s best for the student. Like doing a video course so we could show me drawing on a whiteboard, rather than showing fancy pictures and implying that that’s what you need to create to threat model like the instructor.

My producer Rae worked with me, and taught me how to write for video. It’s a very different form than books or blogs, and to be frank, it took effort to get me there. It took more effort to get me to warm up on camera and make good use of the teleprompter(!), and that’s an ongoing learning process for me. The team I work with there manages to be supportive, directive and push without pushing too hard. They should do a masterclass in coaching and feedback.

But the results are, I think, fantastic. The version of me that’s recorded is, in a very real way, better than I ever am. It’s the magic of Holywood 7 takes of every sentence. The team giving me feedback on how each sounded, and what to improve.

The first course is “Learning Threat Modeling for Security Professionals.”

Scaling Threat Modeling Training

For the last few years, I’ve been delivering in-person threat modeling training. I’ve trained groups ranging from 2 to 100 people at a time, and I’ve done classes as short as a few hours and as long as a week.

That training is hands on and intense, and I’m very proud that my NPS customer satisfaction ratings tend to come in around 60-70, up there with Apple and Nordstroms. At the same time, in person training doesn’t scale to the millions of developers, SRE, DevOps practitioners, and even security folks who could and should learn threat modeling.

That’s why I’m super-excited to announce that Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda.com) has launched my new course: Introduction to Threat Modeling for Security Professionals.

I’m also pleased to say that the complete 42 minute course is free via that link.

Lastly, I see the offerings as complimentary: each fits a niche and has its own advantages and disadvantages. In person, students get all the time they want to ask questions. Online, you get videos in 4 minute chunks.

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