BSidesCharm is a regional Security BSides held in the Baltimore region of Maryland. It operates under the umbrella principles of Security BSides as a larger community project within information security. BSides aims to offer small, intimate events where all participants can engage each other to help develop connections, friendships, and network with different industry professionals.
We recognize the value of engaging a smaller audience and being the big fish in a small pond. Every organization will have different goals and priorities, so we offer different levels of participation for every individual, group, or organization. We specifically designed several different options for any sized organization to participate in and support this event.






Caroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the Security, Community, and Pentest Operation teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity, and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from her broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. Caroline also hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast, teaches cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning and has authored the award-winning textbook Security Metrics, A Beginner’s Guide. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a certificate in finance and accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Melanie Ensign is the Founder and CEO of Discernible Inc, a specialized communications consultancy for security and privacy teams. After managing security, privacy, and engineering communications for some of the world’s most notable brands including Uber, Facebook, and AT&T, she now coaches teams around the world to increase their influence with business leaders and reduce risk. She counsels executives and technical teams alike on how to cut through internal politics, dysfunctional inertia, and meaningless metrics. Previously, Melanie led the press department for DEF CON as a volunteer for 10 years. A certified rescue scuba diver, she brings lessons from navigating unexpected, high-risk underwater incidents to her professional work.

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