Melanie Ensign is the Founder and CEO of Discernible Inc, a specialized security and privacy communications firms. After managing security, privacy, and engineering communications for some of the world’s most notable brands including Facebook, Uber, and AT&T, she now coaches teams around the world how to design and adopt effective communication strategies that increase their influence and reduce risk. She counsels executives and technical teams alike on how to cut through internal politics, dysfunctional inertia, and meaningless metrics. Ensign also leads the press department for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference. She holds an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a master of science in public relations from Boston University.