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About Abbas Shahim


Business & Management Consultant

Abbas Shahim is partner at Atos Consulting where he heads the international GRC practice. He is also full professor of IT Auditing and GRC at the VU University Amsterdam.




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Articles posted by Abbas Shahim

Top three GDPR challenges for the C-Suite

Ever since the GDPR was first announced, IT professionals, lawyers, and business leaders have been highlighting concerns about the potential business risks and challenges they could face to become compliant. Negative press surrounding the regulation has warned business leaders of onerous obligations, challenging practicalities and eye-watering financial penalties from the Information Commissioner’s office. Despite the negativity, there are…

Making Containers Work

In the previous articles we looked at what containers are and how you would look to adopt. In this article we will take a high level look at what it takes to make the adoption of containers work within a company. Immutable The first thing to consider is that your approach to containers needs to be different to that of virtual or physical machines. You…

Security: It’s not just about risks. It’s about business value

The cyber threats landscape is evolving rapidly. What security challenges will companies have to face in the next five years? What’s the impact on organisations’ security and compliance management practices? In terms of security, the truth is, companies find it more and more difficult to keep pace with technology acceleration. New digital platforms create new…

A Framework to Keep your Organization GDPR Compliant

In my 3 Ways Being Compliant with GDPR Could be Good for Your Business , I highlighted that the impact of the GDPR regulation was woefully underestimated. Here I discuss why compliance is crucial and outline a framework that can be used as an instrument to support organizations to stay compliant with GDPR. This is not a box-ticking exercise…

3 Ways Being Compliant with GDPR Could be Good for Your Business

After three years of tough negotiations, a general approach to the Global Data Protection Regulation was agreed by the European Council this summer. Now it looks set to come into force in spring 2016 once the regulation has gone through further negotiations in the European Parliament. When the regulation finally arrives, organisations…

Trust in Motion

Trust has been a word used quite a lot recently. First we had the lack of trust in the global financial system. Now in the UK we have a lack of trust in politicians and their expenses. Stephen M. R. Covey has recently written an excellent book all about it called 'The Speed of Trust - the one thing that changes everything'. In the perfect…

In Security We Trust...

Transport for London has recently started a trial to help sooth passengers as we cram together on the tube and try and remain terribly British about everything on our way to work each day. Tube drivers are quoting the words of Gandhi, Einstein, Jean Paul Sartre and other great thinkers to help introduce some humour to the ups and downs of travelling on the…