Technology has increased from year to year with computers becoming much more prevalent. Used in almost every area to simplify tasks, using a computer is now commonplace. The increased usage and complexity of computer systems, combined with easy access thru the internet has created a greater need for cybersecurity. Personal cell phones connect worldwide with each other today. and it is almost a necessity for many jobs to be connected by wired and wireless technology. The example of Russian cyber-attacks during the last presidential elections demonstrates a definite need for increased multi-level security on a worldwide scale.
At an early age growing up in Walnut, CA at a time when personal computers were basically just introduced and an intense interest in taking things apart and figuring out how they worked it was no wonder Japanese-American William Saito started his career as an intern at Merrill Lynch during his junior high school years doing simple computer programming. He was encouraged by teachers to excel in science and math. He carried that learning and experience on to college.
During his college years, in conjunction with several friends, Saito worked from his dorm room developing a software business which was eventually sold to Microsoft under the name I/O Software. Working with Sony he was part of the process of developing fingerprint recognition technology through the business. His experience led him to employment for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. As the chief of technology, Saito learned to view events and their outcomes in a different way. It appeared to him that the causal effects from small errors led to big problems. Since then he has used a different mindset in preventing unwanted cybersecurity abuses.
William Saito learned that creating IT security programming was not enough. Potential problems require viewing the situation from a distant, wider perspective. Now considered an expert on preventing cyber attacks he advises companies to increase risk management to secure their technologies. His approach to cybersecurity is learning from past errors, not blaming anyone in the present but immediately implementing the means necessary to stop attacks and prevent them in the future. Too many systems are interconnected. Playing the blame game prevents openness to find and fix breaches. In order to compete globally, cooperation in looking at the big picture is most important to prevent problems in the future.