Business management fads are a fact of life, and despite the difficulties that they sometimes cause, there are usually good ideas that come along with them worth serious consideration. Some of these can be applied to the field of information security and may provide useful insights to professionals in that field.

By their very nature, fads come and go. In the not-too-distant past, we have seen the rise and fall of one-minute management, process reengineering, management by objectives and total quality management (TQM). And although it is often difficult to not be cynical, each fad brings with it some benefits to the organizations that adopt them, even if it is nothing more than providing a reason to challenge existing assumptions and processes that might have outlived their usefulness.

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