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Here you can find press releases and news about us as well as interesting articles and information in the field of security and risk management, which we would like to share with you.

Our media contact can be reached under presse@signum-consult.com

19 Feb

Risk mitigation through Compliance Screenings: New EU sanctions against Russia

Due to the conflict between Russian and Ukrainian naval ships in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, the EU plans further sanctions against Russia. According to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, this concerns eight Russian individuals. There are now 164 persons and 44 companies on sanction lists of the European Union in connection with the Ukraine conflict.

In addition to the EU, many other states have imposed sanctions on Russia since the beginning of the conflict. Many are well aware of the sanction lists of the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). The circumvention of sanctions – deliberately or through negligence – can result in enormous penalties.

Because of this reason SIGNUM Consulting offers sanctions lists screenings which help you to determine whether a business partner is included in a sanctions list. Contact us to learn more about our service!

21 Sep

NAPBS Membership

We are pleased that SIGNUM Consulting has been accepted as a member of the "National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)". Founded in 2003 as a non-profit trade association, NAPBS was established to represent the interest of companies offering employment brackground screening services. Through membership, SIGNUM Consulting once again demonstrates its high level of international ethics and performance standard, thereby intensifying its collaboration with US customers and partners.

06 Sep

HR watch out!

Looking for smart & transparent pre-emploment screening in compliance with GDPR? SIGNUM Consulting offers various implementation approaches and a brand new Executive Screening tailored to your needs. Contact us: k.giangrande@signum-consult.com

09 Aug

Important Notes for Applicant Communication

A successful integration of the Pre-Employment Screening Process into the recruiting process requires transparent communication with the applicants. It is neccessary to prepare the applicants for the Pre-Employment Screening process, in order to avoid misunderstandings and to support the process.
SIGNUM Consulting recommends to draw attention to PES as follows:

  • Explanation during the interview
  • Mention on the career website
  • Explanation in the FAQ

01 Aug

Risks of digital application procedures

Digitization has made the recruiting process easier and more comfortable. At the same time, a security gap has arisen: Certified copies or original documents are rarely submitted to personnel department during online application process. In addition, digital files are much easier to forge than paper documents.
For these reasons, Pre-Employment Screening (PES) as an effective testing tool for recruiting applicants is an important issue for more than half of German companies. In consultation with the applicant and with his / her consent, former employers and educational institutions may be contacted to check information in CVs for authenticity. With a professional PES, high transparency towards the applicant and strict compliance with legal requirements according to DSGVO are the top priority.
Do you want to protect your company and verify applicant data quickly and easily? SIGNUM Consulting is your reliable partner for PES. Start now and contact us!

26 July

Latest News: The most frequently asked questions and answers about the declaration of consent

In the following interview, our data protection lawyer Christian Regnery answered your questions related to the declaration of consent with regard to the new DSGVO:

18 July

Membership with DICO

We are pleased to inform you about our new membership at the German Institute for Compliance e.V. (DICO).
This will provide new opportunities for networking, for the exchange of experience with experts, as well as for the marketing of our Compliance tool, which our client Deutsche Lufthansa is already successfully using.

17 May

Data protection compliant Pre-Employment Screening with SIGNUM Consulting

With regard to the new European data protection legislation (GDPR), which becomes effective on May 25th, 2018, we would like to answer the most commonly arising questions.

Is the verification of applicant details (Pre-Employment Screening) by SIGNUM Consulting realizable in consideration of the new GDPR?

Yes, the process of our reference checks already fulfills the requirements of the EU-GDPR. We have more than 20 years of experience in processing personal data within recruitment in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). Without a justified interest and the applicant's signed declaration of consent, which allows to pass on his data to us, PES compliant with data protection regulations would not be possible.

What changes with the new GDPR for PES?

Our procedure will not change. Before and after the 25th of May, personal data may only be processed and stored if it is necessary for establishing the employment and the applicant's consent is given voluntarily. The new legal basis in Germany is § 26 BDSG. The GDPR includes the applicants consent (article 7) as well as the balancing of interests (article 6). In the future, the EU GDPR takes precedence over applicable national laws. This means that every company which is active in the European market must abide by the new law – irrespective in which European country the headquarter is based.

How does data protection compliant work of your PES analysts in practice?

The reference requests are processed by sending the respective personal documents to the issuing persons and institutions. However, these are only used for verification purposes and are completely deleted after processing. The verification process is supported by SIGNUM Consulting's own software, which guarantees an encrypted data transfer and a standardized, transparent process flow.

How do you ensure that your company operates in accordance to the GDPR?

Our quality promise includes the processing of applicant data in strict compliance with data protection regulations. In addition to our qualified PES analysts, who are regularly trained in data protection and information security, we are in demand at information events and customer workshops on the new regulations and changes. In addition, SIGNUM Consulting is regularly audited by our data protection officers and is certified according to ISO 9001:2015.

We would be happy to send you a whitepaper on the classification of the PES procedure within the GDPR framework. For further information, please contact Karin Giangrande.

22 June

Protekt 21.06 - 22.6.2017

Mr. Neumann's topic at the Protekt expert conference in Leipzig clearly reflected the spirit of the times. The audience followed his performance about the “preventive protection of critical infrastructures for recruitment” most attentively.

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21 June

Berliner Firmenlauf 2017

Each member of Team SIGNUM Consulting will do their best, not only in terms of Compliance and Pre-Employment Screening, but also at the “Berliner Firmenlauf 2017”, the annual company race. Firmenlauf

12 Nov

SIGNUM is the OSPAs winner for Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

SIGNUM Consulting was honoured with the Security Outstanding Performance Award in the category Outstanding Customer Service Initiative, what confirmed and rewarded the strategy of high quality, creativity and reliability of the company.

The independent and high-level judges described SIGNUMs presentation as great and innovative. The whole SIGNUM-team is very proud to receive this award.

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15 Sep

Membership ASW

SIGNUM Consulting is now a member of the ASW Bundesverband! (Alliance for Security in the Economy e.V.)

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12 Jun


Sporty greetings from the SIGNUM team at BERLINER FIRMENLAUF 2015! We hope to see you at next year’s corporation challenge race in Berlin! Team

15 Mai

Internal Offender – 9th ASW Security Conference

On May 13, 2015 the 9th Security Conference, organized by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution with the collaboration the Federal Association ASW, was held in Berlin, Germany, under the banner “Internal Offender”. SIGNUM Consulting´s Managing Director, Mr. Eckhard Neumann, held a lecture about the topic of “Background Checks – Preventative measures within recruitment processes”. See Mr. Neumann in the conference resuming clip: corporate-security

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12 Sept

Lecture on the topic „Verification of applicant data“

On September 12, 2018 SIGNUM Consulting's Managing Director Eckhard Neumann will give a lecture on „Possibilities of verifying applicants and employees“ for the ASW Federal Association. It issues the importance of the recruiting instrument Pre-Employment Screening for the digital age, the global candidate market and in the context of the new EU-GDPR.
The event will take place at Zalando SE, Tamara-Danz-Str. 1, 10243 Berlin from 11:00 to 16:00. The event’s agenda can be found on the ASW website at Economic protection and counterintelligence.

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17 Mar

DSPortal Fachforum 2016 - A symposium of prevention of fraud for banks, leasing and financial service provider

SIGNUM's Managing Director, Mr. Neumann, will give a lecture on the subject of "Pre-Employment Screening - risk prevention in the international finance business. Balancing act between hazard defence and data protection" in front of Executives of the banking industry. His presentation is part of the symposium which takes place on 17 March 2016 at Designhotel Gastwerk in Hamburg, Germany.

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