About us

Why we exist

Insider risk has a long history. What has changed is the challenge of managing it. Modern organisations collect, process and rely on digitised business information on a scale unheard of before while criminals continually discover new ways to monetize it. In the middle stand employees. These employees often have access to intellectual property and trade secrets representing an organisation’s most valuable assets and whose loss can pose an existential threat.

As humans, these employees also have vulnerabilities. Attackers understand this and are increasingly leveraging insiders now that organisations have made attacking externally harder. Our mission is to help organisations protect their employees before the attackers reach them and before the demands of modern society derail them psychologically. But it’s more than that. It’s to help organisations succeed through introspection and improvement of their internal processes to become a proactive and supportive culture. And we know-how.

Our People

Elsine van Os

Elsine van Os, Founder and CEO of Signpost Six, is a thought leader on insider risk and has an educational and professional background in psychology and intelligence and security. Elsine has worked on high profile assignments for the Dutch Ministry of Defence and Shell International, where she held global responsibility for security threat assessments on country, asset and individual levels. Elsine has worked in various capacities in over 50 countries. In her work, she has developed and executed methodologies to develop management team members’ and employees’ security consciousness and risk assessment skills. Elsine is also owner of Signpost Film Productions.

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Erik Schneider

Erik Schneider is a director at Signpost Six responsible for strategy, sales, marketing, internal processes and engagement delivery. He worked as a senior manager in the Dutch office KPMG, where he led the development of a suite of solutions around cyber risk quantification, risk interconnections and board reporting. He has an M.B.A. in General Management from Vanderbilt University and spent time in its Ph.D. program in Finance. In addition, he has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Information Security Technology from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Rene Marchal
Rene Marchal

Rene Marchal is a senior (cyber) security & crisis management expert at Signpost Six. With more than 35 years of professional experiences in different roles and areas of security his approach towards security solutions is always from a holistic perspective. His interests lie at the interface of business interests and controlling the security risks. This reflects in his degrees in both Business Administration and Cybersecurity. René can be characterised as a diplomat with strong execution power.

Lucas Kole
Lucas Kole

Lucas is an analytically minded complexity enthusiast and works at Signpost Six as an analyst in support of the insider risk programmes. Before joining Signpost Six, Lucas was employed at the B2B/B2G department of a large retailer and worked, among other projects, on procurement projects with the Dutch government. Prior to that, Lucas interned as project assistant to the Military Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lucas holds a MA in Military Strategic Studies from the Netherlands Defence Academy. His Master thesis focused on decomplexing complexity in the context of intelligence in ‘VUCA’ environments.

Olivier Smit

Olivier is a security enthusiast currently working as an intern project analyst at Signpost Six. Olivier holds a bachelor in International Relations from Leiden University, and previously interned at the international department of a political organization. Through a minor Intelligence studies, Olivier obtained, among other things, historic and recent knowledge on the subject of intelligence gathering through HUMINT and the basics of open-source intelligence. Currently, Olivier studies Crisis and Security management, with a specialization focused on the governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism.

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Jeroen van den Berg

Jeroen van den Berg is a cybersecurity and insider risk consultant in support of the Signpost Six training and education portfolio. He has a background in International Studies and Crisis & Security Management from Leiden University (The Hague). His other engagements include, amongst others, programme secretary ‘Enhancing cyber resilience in the water sector’ at the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and board member at the JASON Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

Lucile RenhasInsider Risk Intern

Lucile Renhas is currently working as an intern at Signpost Six. She just graduated from Leiden University with a master in Crisis and Security Management with a specialization in the governance of radicalism, extremism and terrorism. She also has a background in international relations and organisations. Through a minor in collaboration with TU Delft University on Security Safety and Justice she developed an interest for the complex relation between technology and security.

Nikos StournarasInsider Risk Intern

Nick has tackled security issues from various academic and professional roles. As an insider risk intern at Signpost Six, he draws analytical perspectives from his studies in Crisis and Security Management at Leiden University, where he specialised on crisis governance. His experience with high-level advocacy at International Crisis Group, coupled with his research for leading Greek think tanks such as ELIAMEP and the Institute of International Relations, make him an efficient communicator of complex ideas. Nick also holds a BA in International, European and Area studies from Panteion University of Athens, his home city.

Insider Risk Management Associates

Dana Aussems (NL)

Dana Aussems CPP is an expert in port security. After being a security manager at a large container terminal in the port of Rotterdam, she started her own security consultancy company, by DnA in 2014. She has extensive practical experience, both at home and abroad, in dealing with risks such as drug smuggling, theft and insider threat, the effects on various stakeholders and cooperation with public and private parties

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Nicholas Eftimiades (US)

Mr. Eftimiades has a long history of success as an innovator in the U.S. intelligence community. He is widely regarded for his expertise on China and national security aerospace issues. Mr. Eftimiades authored books, reports, and numerous articles on China’s commercial espionage methods, national security and technology. His book “Chinese Intelligence Operations” is an examination of the structure, operations, and methodology of the intelligence services of China. It is widely regarded as seminal work in the field. Nicholas Eftimiades is a professor at Penn State University. He conducts research on China’s economic espionage, intelligence, and emerging threats.

Eric Shaw (US)

Dr. Eric Shaw is a Clinical Psychologist and former intelligence officer who has spent the last 25 years performing consultations, training, assisting in investigations and conducting research on insider issues while helping organizations manage insider risk. He specializes in psychological profiling of insider risk using multiple methods, including content analysis of subject communications. Dr. Shaw’s publications on insider challenges—including his design of the Critical Pathway to Insider Risk–and the role of behavioral science and profiling in forensic and security issues have appeared in many scientific journals and news articles. Dr. Eric Shaw is the founder and CEO of Insider Risk Group.

Michael Gips (US)Security expert & thought leadership

Michael Gips is a security expert and thought leader with 25+ years of experience in strategy, tactics, operations, and content development. He is a partner in the Knowledgebase of Insider Threats, a database of thousands of insider incidents. An attorney and former Chief Knowledge & Learning Officer of ASIS International, Michael consults, writes, and speaks about insider threat, security risk management, organizational resilience, convergence, disinformation, radicalization, and many other topics. Michael has a CPP, a CSyP, and certificates in security from Wharton, IE Business School, and Tel Aviv University. He has a J.D. from Harvard and a B.A. from Tufts.

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Nicola Mee (UK)

Nicola has 20 years experience as a Behavioural Analysis expert and former Intelligence Analyst with a Masters in Security & Organisational Risk Management. She specialises in psychological and behavioural risk assessment, linguistic analysis and new technologies to identify and counter threat behaviour. She is currently Head of Behavioural Analysis & Insider Risk which supports UK law enforcement and commercial clients in the analysis of anonymous threats using forensic voice comparison and linguistic analysis tools and techniques. She is also a Consultant to US-based Insider Risk Group and has worked directly with Dr. Shaw on profiling and risk detection in the UK.

Kathryn Constantine (UK)

Kathryn Constantine is an experienced behavioural change consultant with over 20 years experience in both large global organisations and local government. She specialises in culture change and specifically information security and cyber security behaviours. Kathryn has designed and delivered highly effective communication campaigns and end user training which raise awareness of the value of information as an asset and ultimately lead to a greater understanding of how actions can safeguard that information. Engagement and empowerment of employees, IT professionals and an organisation’s supply chain to build a robust defence.

Mark William Lowe (IT)

Following project management roles in Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon Systems, Mark worked for several years as a consultant to the Italian Government’s foreign intelligence agency. In 2007 he returned to the private sector as a risk and security consultant. As an expert on corporate espionage he has advised several companies from the energy, defence, aerospace, and information technology sectors on the protection of intellectual property and sensitive data. He has lectured on corporate espionage and international security at the Università Cattolica and the Italian Government’s Security Intelligence Department and is a faculty member of the ASERI Business School in Milan.

Dr. Mike Drayton (UK)

Dr Mike Drayton is an expert in individual and organisational resilience. He is an experienced organisational consultant, coach and clinical psychologist with a background in intelligence and security. He is the author of ‘Anti Burnout: How to Create a Psychologically Resilience and High Performance Organisation‘.

Mike is a Fellow of the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, specialising in leadership, resilience and leading under pressure. He coaches on the Executive MBA programme at Said Business School, University of Oxford. Mike was educated at LSE, Oxford Saïd Business School and the University of Birmingham.

Fernanda Teles (BRA)

Fernanda Teles is a lawyer. She started her career in corporate investigations in a consultancy in Brazil. She conducted anti-piracy programs, internal investigations for medium and large companies, background checks, and supported legal actions. Following, she joined the Strategic intelligence team at Velours to conduct corporate investigations, third-party screening, and Integrity Due Diligence. She became a partner in Velours in 2020. Besides corporate investigation, Fernanda Teles develops and implements compliance projects in medium and large companies, conducting integrity due diligence, KYP, KYC, and KYE screenings, conducting exploratory interviews in internal investigations, fraud investigations and anti-piracy actions.

Gary Peace (UK)

Gary served with Scotland Yard’s Metropolitan Police for 18 years, and was involved in high-profile and sensitive enquiries at a national level within the UK. Including 8 years investigating police corruption at the highest levels. He was also responsible for investigating all information leakage from and misuse of the force’s corporate IT network. As a consultant Gary successfully established and ran the Digital Forensic Laboratories for the UK regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Gary investigates insider threats and internal corruption allegations and implements technical and management systems to counter those issues. Clients include Government, Private Clients, HNW and business.

Julian Claxton (AUS)

Julian is a Behavioural Scientist with specific expertise in the provision of credibility assessments, strategic security planning, and counterespionage. Julian offers more than three decades of demonstrable experience, having started his career as an Army Reservist, whilst developing unique skills in security, surveillance and investigations. After ten years servicing the corporate sector as an investigator and technical specialist, he then turned his focus to surveillance-detection and counterespionage support. Academically, Julian holds a Master’s Degree (MSc.) in Communication, Behaviour and Credibility Analysis, a Postgraduate Diploma in Behavioural Analysis and Investigative Interviewing, a Diploma in Security and Risk Management, and CPD qualifications in the Linguistics of Interpersonal Communication.

Specialised Security Management Associates

Roland Vergeer (NL)Cyber investigations

Roland Vergeer has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of cybersecurity, intelligence, and digital investigations. His expertise lies in strategy, innovation, cyber intelligence, open source intelligence, and cyber operations. The last decade, Roland has performed penetration tests, provided training courses, managed a forensics, audits & training unit, advised institutions in the areas of cyber intelligence and security and founded and sold his own cyber intelligence company. As a cyber intelligence consultant, he handled online stalking cases, smear campaigns, and extortions. Roland worked as a cyber security consultant in Europe, The Middle East, the US, and the Caribbean.

Glenn Schoen (NL)Crisis management

Glenn Schoen is CEO of Boardroom@Crisis BV and has over 30 years’ experience as a security and crisis management advisor and trainer. After his studies and local law enforcement he held analysis, management and consulting positions in the US and Europe for Ernst & Young, G4S Risk Advisory, TranSecur and International Security Management. He has served over 300 consulting clients in 30+ countries and managed content for 250+ analysis subscription clients. His secondary activities include teaching at Georgetown University, serving ASIS and OSAC, and volunteer work at the White House. He lives in The Hague, The Netherlands.

An Gaiser (NL)Investigative interviewing

An Gaiser is an expert in investigative interviewing with years of experience in complex and high-stake interviews in the domain of law enforcement as well as screening programmes. With signpost Six she provides the training Bootcamp Investigative interviewing, where she uses Non-Verbal Strategy Analysis from the Institute of Non-Verbal Strategy Analysis (INSA) of which she is a managing partner. An started her career as a probation officer. After nine years at the probation office she made the switch to the general intelligence and security service. After 8 years she became managing partner at INSA.

Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Analysis
Erik Elgersma (NL)Competitive intelligence

Erik Elgersma is a competitive intelligence and corporate strategy expert. Erik has for 26 years worked in strategy and competitive intelligence at Akzo Nobel and FrieslandCampina. He is now an independent consultant. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering. Erik is a Visiting Lecturer at the school of business and economics of the VU University Amsterdam and a Research Fellow at Vlerick Business School, Belgium. He authored three books in the field of competitive intelligence. Erik’s core belief is that companies must ‘compete on knowledge’. Knowledge he helps his customers to gather and with Signpost Six helps to protect.

Alexandra Hoffmann (FR)Business resilience

Alexandra Hoffmann is the CEO of Alexandra Hoffmann Consulting (AHC). Thanks to a career with the French government and large international corporations, Alexandra has a rich operational and multicultural experience base with a strong expertise in business resilience, its boosting factors, and best practices to manage it. Alexandra has an LLB in Criminal Law from Paris University, France, an M.Sc. in Corporate Security from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, and MBA from the University of Phoenix, USA. Alexandra is also a Certified Coach, trained in Neurosciences, and a Certified Yoga Teacher.

Isabelle Brisette (CAN)Peace, Security & Resilience

Isabelle Brisette started her career as an international aid worker in Belarus, Haiti and Mali. She then joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) where she served as an Intelligence Officer in the counter terrorism and counter espionage divisions. Following CSIS, Isabelle worked 15 years in the Rio Tinto Group Security and Business Resilience department where she led the development, implementation and assurance of leading-edge global programmes. She also supported sites around the world to manage conflicts in fragile environments. She finally became Rio Tinto Chief Security and Resilience Advisor. She holds university degrees in law (LL.B) and business (B.A.A., M.B.A.), and is a Certified Protection Professional (C.P.P.).

Antoine Blavier (BRA)Risk management

Antoine Blavier graduated in International Relations in France, where he worked in the military sector, and moved to Brazil in 2012. He started his career in risk management in 2014, when he joined Velours as a project coordinator, he became operations director in 2017 and a partner in the company in 2020. He concluded an MBA in Cybersecurity Management in 2018. He is in charge of activities for Velours’ sectors of Risk Management and Strategic Intelligence. He oversees projects related to Compliance, computer forensics, investigations and frauds, as well as activities of personal and corporate security. He provides training to executives and diplomats on personal security, cybersecurity, and privacy.

Hudson Guerra (BRA)Security management

Hudson Guerra is a Law graduate. He started his career in Brazil as a risk analyst in a credit card manufacturing company where he progressed to become a security coordinator. There he oversaw security risks, conducting internal audits, supporting external homologation audits mandated by Visa, American Express and Mastercard, managing the security team and daily security-related routines. In 2017, Hudson Guerra joined Velours as Operations Manager and became a partner in the company in 2020. He oversees day-to-day operations for the security of foreign executives living in Brazil or visiting the country on business. He also conducts security audits of corporate facilities or industrial sites and provides training on personal security.

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Wider network

We constantly train professionals on insider risk management and seek to expand our network security and risk management professionals to support us on this mission worldwide. Our train-the-trainer programmes develop in-house expertise, enabling organisations to sustain their programmes without external support. Even mature programmes need support, however. For this reason, we provide targeted coaching for professionals on a variety of topics as well.