William Saito: Fearless Inventor, Tireless Entrepreneur
William Saito is a cyber security expert and frequent contributor to Forbes. In the August 8, 2017 issue, Mr. Saito discusses ways to prevent the consequences of ransomware. Proper implementation of cyber security at the organizational level depends on the ability of corporate leadership to effectively detect cyber threats and to prevent them from escalating. Encouraging employees to communicate openly and to remain connected to electronic networks will ensure that vulnerabilities are detected early and that remedies are proactively applied. By automating and integrating security into the workplace, corporations can ensure that their electronic systems remain resilient and user friendly.
Mr. Saito demonstrated his programming skills while still in elementary school and founded his first company while in high school. At that time, he learned to disassemble and reassemble a computer, leading to a life-long passion for learning the mechanics of software and its inner functioning. Years later, his growing proficiency with programming languages led to an internship at Merrill-Lynch, where he built mathematical models of the company’s stock offerings.
While in college, Mr. Saito established I/O Software, a company that focused on creating authentication tools, and developed internet connection software with companies such as Datastorm Technologies and NEC. The growing success of I/O Software allowed William and his co-founders to establish the first company office in Rancho Cucamonga, and to eventually pioneer fingerprint recognition software. For this innovation, William Salto was named the Ernst & Young 1997 Entrepreneur of the Year.
The founders of I/O software eventually became encryption experts, adding this skill to their arsenal of cyber security tools, before selling the company to Microsoft in the early 2000s. In addition to his authoring multiple articles and a major book about cyber security, William Saito has advised several governments across the globe on matters related to computer security.
In town for Interpol World 2017, William Saito, special adviser to Japan’s cabinet, talks about the Japan-EU trade deal and the third arrow in Abenomics.