Recently, I spoke with Stu and Dave, the founders of “The Many Hats Club.” I´d seen quite a few people talking about it on social media, so I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about.

Here is how our conversation went:

DevOps Connect:DevSecOps @ RSAC 2022

Joe Pettit: Let’s get started. Can you tell me a bit about “The Many Hats Club”? How did it come about?

Stu: Myself and Dave were on a thread talking about Steak and Infosec, and out of the back of this we decided to take the conversation off Twitter. We ran a poll to choose a platform, discord, slack, and discourse. Discord won by a clear majority

When we started we wanted to bring some of the Twitter Infosec community to The Many Hats Club. However, within the first week, we were very surprised by how many people joined!

welcoming mat

JP: So you’ve created a platform for folks to talk about steak and Infosec?!  🙂 How did you appeal to the community? What was the pitch?

Stu: The origins although unconventional seemed to appeal at the time. The idea was (and is), to create a community where anyone, regardless of background, can learn, share information, and connect with like-minded Infosec professionals.

Today from our beginning 6 months ago, we’ve had over 1600 members from leading researchers to professionals, hackers, and many noobs and students join up. What’s really unique about our community are the weekly live talks from guest speakers that are recorded and shared with the wider community. This initiative that started only 3 months ago has really propelled the growth and overall value we offer our members.

JP: That’s great to hear. I guess you get a wide range of contributors as you cover so many hats. What value do you (Read more...)