William Saito on Enhancing Cyber Security

William Saito Hiroyuki has defied all odds of being born to immigrant parents to grow up and become one of the most successful Japanese American investors. The businessman was born on 23rd March 1971 in the city of Los Angeles, California. He invests capital to startup companies and small enterprises that wish to expand. Saito believes that persistence and learning from failure are crucial skills for success. He has displayed excellent negotiation skills especially in the sale of his first company(I/O) to Microsoft.

Saito was already learning about computer programming in his teenage years. While still a student at the University of California, he started a software company called I/O. It created technologies like a service to show Japanese characters in English and a biometric recognition that uses fingerprints. After selling the firm, William moved to Japan and founded InTecur, a technology and cybersecurity consulting company.

Due to his expertise, he is an esteemed advisor to both the Japanese government and the private sector. He was contracted to offer IT and Technical assistance to the national committee looking into the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He was the chief advisor of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and other ministries on matters of cybersecurity. Saito has served as an advisor on the boards of firms like Japan Times. He also served as a strategic advisor to Japan Airlines from 2015-2017.

As far as William Saito is concerned, there are so many myths surrounding cybersecurity. Some of the myths include the notion that “cyber risk” is in a different category of risks. He says that as long as it can cause a distraction, it has the same weight as all other risks. Most people consider it a digital security problem and think that protecting oneself of these cybersecurity-related problems is enough. Internet security is not confined to just one person but a circle of several users.


Another first-degree myth is that using antivirus software is enough. Hackers have come up with ways to destabilize antivirus software and install their attacks in a system. Feeling embarrassed about getting hacked and keeping quiet for fear of judgment is a misconception that should be done away with. William also warns that everyone is susceptible to hacking and minimizing the use of the internet only increases vulnerabilities.