Bring a Champion to Dinner!
CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchanges

Bridging CISO and DevOps with Exchanges, Handshakes and Toasts! Connection, Consensus, Celebration!

4 Dates, 4 Cities! When you register below, you will be asked to select the date/location that best suits you.

25 November 2021 – London – EVENT COMPLETE 
19 January 2022 – London (Brown’s – The Roosevelt Room)
20 January 2022 – Amsterdam

16 March 2022 – Paris
17 March – Madrid

A Terrific Quadrilogy of CISO-DevOps 360 Dinner Exchanges

Join evening discussions over dinner that are specifically designed for CISOs and DevOps Champions working within the same organisation to get to know each other and to benchmark experiences with other organisations. 

Application security is no longer one-or-two dimensional. Security teams throw several questions to DevOps teams that could slow them down, or simply annoy them enough to stop collaborating. For example:

  • What code are you writing and how often are you releasing code?
  • What software tools are you building the code with?
  • What third-party libraries are you importing from?
  • What security controls do you have in place for where you run the code?

Different motivations and priorities that typically exist between security and meeting release deadlines has led to the current narrative amongst Security teams and their DevOps team, that may go something like this:

Security people: “Those Developers are cranking out bad code that’s going to get us hacked!”
Developers: “Security is nothing but an obstacle. They don’t understand that we have lots of other concerns and the only ‘help’ they provide is to brow beat us.”

You are invited to join us on a CISO-DevOps Exchange where we would like to update and modernise this narrative into one whereby both teams are finding better partners in each other!  Each Dinner Roundtable is co-led by a 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 fellow practitioner from the region.

Why Attend? Bring a Champion!

  • As a CISO, this is a unique opportunity to get your dev-ops properly involved in security supporting security governance – invite your champion to dinner directly, or Pulse is happy to invite on your behalf!
  • As a DevOps champion, involve your CISO in the fast-paced world of development and be secure by design – invite your champion to dinner directly, or Pulse is happy to invite on your behalf!

An Evening of Three Acts!

  1. Act One – Connection. Exchanges. What are our most pressing questions and biggest pain points when dealing with DevOps/Security?
  2. Act Two – Consensus. Handshakes. What are we doing already and what new things may we wish to do in the future?
  3. Act Three – Celebration. Toasts. What are our recent project achievements and what positive ‘outcomes’ that have come out of the discussion?

The Workings

Conducted under The Chatham House Rule, we look forward to these lively discussions where participants will share examples of Security and DevOps working closer together – the successes, challenges, pain points and solutions – in a rare and unique exchange designed to build bridges and progress projects together!  Clive Room, a Director at 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 fellow CISOs and DevOps directors for what promises to be an evening of fascinating discussion, a top culinary experience and fantastic company!

Yours sincerely,
Team Pulse

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Hosted by

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.

CISO and DevOps Co-Leads  – to be Announced!

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!

Master of Ceremonies

Clive Room, a Director, Pulse Conferences Ltd

Clive has worked as a marketeer within cybersecurity since 2000. As the Marketing Manager at Portcullis Computer Security he organised all their bespoke events from seminars to hospitality events like the famous Portcullis Arms during Infosec. He was also responsible for their involvement with conferences and exhibitions all over Europe.  Clive was Chairman of The White Hat Committee, the charity for the information security industry, which raises money for ChildLine and Barnardo’s throughout the year.  Clive is proud to be a part of the dynamic team bringing CISO 360 Congress to the marketplace as a game changer in cybersecurity events.

Talking Points

Here are some of the areas that we think are important to address for both groups. When you register please let us know what is on your mind so we can tailor the talking points accordingly!

  • What are the underlying mechanisms of human behaviour that enterprise execution techniques assume are critical to their effectiveness?
  • How have these mechanisms been disrupted by your agile transformation?
  • Why have traditional use of metrics suddenly stopped being effective and how can we alter the ‘metric’s approach’ to restore effectiveness in your newly agile environment?
  • Most critically, how can we leverage the language and mindsets of your executives to reinforce your agile initiatives rather than resist them?
  • How do we improve our feedback loop so that security is strengthened and code release is not slowed down?

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 dinner discussion 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.

Venue to be confirmed 

Central Amsterdam venue with private dining room 

Venue to be confirmed 

Central Paris venue with private dining room 

Venue to be confirmed 

Central Madrid venue with private dining room 

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