CISO-Transformation 360 Dinner Roundtables

Bridging CISO, DevOps, Architects, Engineers: Connection, Consensus, Collaboration

6 Dates, 6 Cities! When you register below, you will be asked to select the date/location that suits you.

CISO-Transformation 360 Dinner Roundtables

You are invited to join us at a CISO 360 Dinner Roundtable in a city near you!

Each discussion is co-led by thought leader on DevSecOps, Agile, and Analytics, Larry Maccherone, who will join us from Raleigh North Carolina. Prior to joining Contrast Security was the Distinguished Engineer, DevSecOps Transformation at Comcast, where he built and scaled their transformation programme.  Hosted by Pulse Conferences and kindly sponsored by Contrast Security, the discussions will be co-led by a CISO practitioner.

The discussions are specifically designed for CISOs, Architects, App Sec and DevOps colleagues working within the same organisation to get to know each other and to benchmark their experiences of what works, what doesn’t with other organisations. 

Talking Points

  • What are our most pressing questions and biggest challenges when dealing with DevOps/Security?
  • What are we doing already and what new things may we wish to do in the future?
  • What are our recent project achievements?
  • How have these mechanisms been disrupted by our agile transformation?
  • How can we collaborate to improve agile initiatives rather than resist them?

Why Attend? 

  • As a CISO, this is a unique opportunity to get your teams properly involved in security supporting security governance 
  • As DevOps, Architect or Engineer, involve your CISO in the fast-paced world of development and be secure by design 

The Format

Conducted under The Chatham House Rule, we look forward to these lively discussions where participants will share examples of how security, devops and other teams work closer together on transformation projects. The successes, challenges, pain points and solutions. Pulse Conferences will be your Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Timings are:

17:30-18:30       Guests arrive and welcome drinks
18:30-21:00       Discussion while dinner is served
21:00-21:30       Conclusions, goodbyes and guests depart

There is no cost to attend.

Places around the table are limited and confirmations will be done on a ‘first to confirm’ basis.

We hope that you can join peers for what promises to be an evening of fascinating discussion and excellent cuisine and company.

Yours sincerely,
Team Pulse

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Feedback from guests of our recent CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Roundtables!

“Very constructive debate and fine exchanges with experts. Fine place with a pleasant animation”
CISO, Klesia (France)

“I appreciated the face-to-face meeting and the open discussion. Good exchanges on
CISO-DevOps challenges during the dinner roundtable. Very good!”
Cybersecurity Transformation Director, Solvay (France)

“A great opportunity to meet, share and learn from experienced people in security and engineering”

Engineering Excellence Lead, AXA (France)

“Food, Drink. Enjoyable with each time a new story”

Director Product Security, Philips (The Netherlands)

“A varied collection of specialisms around the dinner table which gave rise to some interesting practical insights and experiences. We all made sure our Michelin dinner was not getting cold whilst participating
in the discussion”.

CIO, British Medical Association (UK)

“Talking and listening to colleagues from different businesses across the sectors in a fun, yet carefully curated evening is unique and very much appreciated – thanks!”

CISO, Fern Trading (UK)


“CISO DevOps 360 Dinner Exchange was very useful to get an insight into DevOps and challenges to have security baked into development cycle. It was great opportunity  to network with professionals from both DevOps and security
backgrounds. Everyone actively participated in discussions which was helpful to understand the cultural shift /mindset changes to meet the business requirements from both developer and security personal”

Senior Manager Cyber Security, Essentra plc. (UK)


Fantastic evening discussing the challenges in the DevSecOps arena with experienced Security Professionals. The food was amazing, but more importantly I got to engage and learn a great deal about the challenges we face and what
potentially we should be doing to encourage that culture of secure development. Thank you! These events are absolutely worthwhile and positively engaging.

Cyber Security Principal / Technical, British Medical Association (UK)


“It was a welcoming environment and I was kept very engaged throughout the evening”

Head of Security Strategy & Transformation, AXA Health (UK)

Discussions are co-led by CISO / DevOps!

Larry Maccherone, DevSecOps Transformation, Contrast Security

Larry Maccherone is a thought leader on DevSecOps, Agile, and Analytics. At Comcast, Larry launched and scaled the DevSecOps Transformation program over five years. In his DevSecOps Transformation role at Contrast, he’s now looking to apply what he learned to guide organizations with a framework for safely empowering development teams to take ownership of the security of their products. Larry was a founding Director at Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab, researching cybersecurity and software engineering. While there, he co-led the launch of the DHS-funded Build-Security-In initiative. Larry has also served as Principal Investigator for the NSA’s Code Assessment Methodology Project which wrote the book on how to evaluate application security tools, and received the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Labs Fellow award.  Looking at Larry Maccherone’s career, you might think he can’t figure out what he wants to be when he grows up – Serial entrepreneur? Agile transformation coach? Open-source developer? Data scientist? Dev[Sec]Ops thought leader? However, the underlying theme is that Larry has constantly been striving to create the highest performing software engineering teams. At Comcast, Larry built and scaled the DevSecOps Transformation program over five years, and he’s now looking to apply what he learned doing that to help all Contrast customers and prospects. Larry hails from Raleigh, NC, where his wife and four daughters make sure there is never a dull moment!

CISO Co-Lead – Edinburgh, Wednesday 25 May

Stuart Robertson, CISO, Phoenix Group 

Stuart Robertson is CISO at Phoenix Group. Phoenix are the UK’s largest pensions and savings business with over 14m policy holders. Prior to joining Phoenix, Stuart was CISO at Standard Life where he also held various IT Leadership roles prior to becoming responsible for protecting the organisation from Cyber threats.

About Contrast Security

Contrast Security enables developers to speed application development cycles while writing more accurate, secure code. Contrast embeds security instrumentation within software that eliminates code halts and the need for expensive security experts by automatically identifying vulnerabilities and verifying their fixes while developers write code. In doing so, Contrast observes the routes of an application while it is running, thereby exposing all of the different points of entry into the application. Delivering highly accurate and always-on protection, Contrast also eliminates time-consuming and frustrating false positives that create alert fatigue as well as false negatives that can pose serious risk to applications in runtime and moreover incur significant development time remediating. Finally, as the industry’s only DevOps-native AppSec Platform, Contrast delivers comprehensive coverage from development to production, dramatically reducing the number of AppSec toolsets developers need to manage. More information can be found at or by following Contrast on Twitter at @ContrastSec.

Event Completed
Brown’s Hotel – The Roosevelt Room

In the heart of London’s elegant Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is an iconic luxury hotel where history and 21st-century sophistication come together. The retreat of choice for royalty, presidents and literary greats over the centuries, Brown’s Hotel is an enduringly distinguished destination in London.

The CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchanges will be hosted in the beautiful Roosevelt Room, located on the 1st floor.


33 Albemarle St,
London W1S 4BP

Closest Tub & Train Stations
Green Park Tube station: 4 minutes walk
Piccadilly Circus Station: 8 min minutes walk
Charing Cross Station: 17 minutes walk / 6 min taxi.

Restaurant Drouant  –  Salon Goncourt

The new Drouant still has the view of peaceful Place Gaillon, the spectacular Ruhlmann staircase, the famous private salons and the warm atmosphere that has made it a success since the late 1920s. But it is also a reinvented, redesigned, refreshed space, respectful of its history but looking resolutely to the future, combining the past with the present.

A history that began nearly 120 years ago. Originally a simple “bar-tabac” (tobac- conist-bar), Drouant hit the big time when the Académie Goncourt chose it as the venue for its literary awards. In the late 1920s, Jean Drouant commissioned Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, “the Pope of Art Deco”, to bring the establishment into line with contemporary tastes. At the time it was only a bistro, but soon developed into a genuine gourmet institution, frequented by all the best-known Parisian artists and personalities.

 The CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchange will be hosted in the beautiful Salon Goncourt.


Restaurant Drouant
16-18 Rue Gaillon,
75002 Paris, France 

Closest Tub & Train Stations
Quatre-Septembre station: 2 min walk
Opéra station: 3 min walk

Rosewood Villa Magna – Las Brasas de Castellana

Rosewood Villa Magna is situated on the grand boulevard Paseo de la Castellana, steps from prestigious Calle Serrano with impressive architecture and minutes from Art Triangle museums. This urban oasis, surrounded by lush gardens, originally opened in 1972 and has been lovingly restored to the finest standards of modern, elegant style Reopening in 2021. 

The CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchanges will be hosted in a private section of Las Brasas de Castellana, an elegant and vibrant restaurant within Rosewood Villa Magna that offers a memorable culinary experience. The restaurant’s cuisine focuses on local, seasonal products, while also offering a visual spectacle for guests, as the chefs cook over charcoal grills.


Rosewood Villa Magna
Paseo de la Castellana 22,
28046 Madrid, Spain

Closest Tub & Train Stations

Rubén Darío station: 6 min walk
Alonso Martínez station: 10 min walk
Serrano station: 9 min walk

Ship Chandlers Warehouse

A unique private dining room in the heart of Amsterdam filled with antiques from the 17th-century. The shop is one of the very scarce 17th-century interiors in the Netherlands where authentic details can still be seen. Painter Rembrandt van Rijn worked and lived nearby (Rembrandthuis) and used to drop in during the afternoon. 1624 is the date engraved on a stone in the cellars, but since then the house has been altered many times. The shop opened its doors during the seventeenth century and served victuals and beverages for the sea-going ships. The captains could order and taste the samples downstairs, upstairs in the warehouse the goods were neatly arranged and brought to the ships by small boats.


Ship Chandlers Warehouse
Geldersekade 8,
1012 BH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Closest Tub & Train Station
Amsterdam Centraal station: 4 minutes walk
Nieuwmarkt metro station: 6 min minutes walk
Metro En Tram: 3 minutes walk

The Ivy Dawson Street Dublin – The Jonathon Swift Room 

The Ivy Dawson Street houses a private dining venue with a difference. The CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchanges will be hosted in The Jonathan Swift Room, named after the Dublin-born author, is still very much rooted in the local landscape, featuring a stunning image of Dublin’s horizon c1800. Meanwhile, the ceiling celebrates another of the city’s famous writers, James Joyce.  His famous fictional hero, Leopold Bloom, is pictured alongside a host of multicolored, exotic flying birds, pairing perfectly with the room’s colourful collection of art


The Ivy Dawson Street
13-17 Dawson St, Dublin,
D02 TF98, Ireland

Closest Tub & Train Stations
Dublin Pearse Station: 12 min walk / 4 min taxi
Busáras Central Station: 18 min walk / 9  min taxi
Tara Street Station: 12 min walk / 5 min taxi

National Museum of Scotland Board & Bute Rooms

Originally designed by Benson & Forsyth Architects to replicate the ancient Iron Age Scottish broch, the tower at the National Museum of Scotland houses a suite of Boardrooms combining traditional Scots architecture with twenty-first-century luxury, offering a totally unique perspective for daytime and evening events as well as wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchanges will be hosted in the stunning circular The Bute Room with a beautiful tapestry carpet, which adds color and depth to the dramatic and imposing setting.


National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
EH1 1JF 

Closest Tub & Train Stations
Edinburgh Waverley station: 9 minutes walk

Hotel Amigo – Roccoforte Hotels

Found in the historic heart of Brussels, moments from the Grand Place, Hotel Amigo, a Rocco Forte hotel, sits where every aspect of Brussel’s culture meets. 

Several of the original 17th-century flagstones remain,  worn smooth by time, they remain part of the fabric of the building that became Hotel Amigo, built in the 1950s by the Blaton family to host the world’s royalty and visiting nobility.

Hotel Amigo seamlessly blends art, culture, heritage, and creativity and has been a home away from home for the world’s great and good, who have flocked to Brussels for its world-class contemporary art, historic and cultural sights, the financial district, and the European Parliament.

The CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchanges will be hosted in the stunning Hergé room with an amazing partial view over the iconic Grand Place of Brussels.


Hotel Amigo – Rocco Forte Hotels
Vruntstraat 1/3,
1000 Brussel, Belgium

Closest Tub & Train Stations

Beurs Metro Station: 4 min walk
Brussels-Midi station: 10 min taxi
Brussels Airport (BRU): 20 min taxi

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