Technology is used broadly in virtually every field of work nowadays. People rely on the internet, in particular, in both their professional and personal lives on a daily basis. Being connected in this fashion has led to people thinking about what that means for them and their individual online identities. The need for cybersecurity has seen exponential demand and is an integral part of how people keep their information safe in an online world.
Japanese-American businessman William Saito is one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to cybersecurity. He has written many articles about how both people and businesses can protect themselves from hackers. He started programming when he was quite young and establishes his own business in the technology sector when he was still in high school. William Saito’s expertise in cybersecurity has been recognized by Ernst & Young as being on thof the “100 Most Influential People In Japan”. He has served as a special advisor in regards to cybersecurity for the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office, and the Government of Japan.
When asked how he got started in cybersecurity, William Saito said, “I’ve always been curious about how things work”. He detailed that when he was younger he didn’t want to just now how to use a computer but also how it was built all the way down to its microchip. He learned to build computers from scratch which led to his first business where he put them together for people. One of William Saito’s projects was with Sony with whom he developed fingerprint recognition tools and other cybersecurity to keep information and company’s safe from intrusion.
He says that he makes money by “…finding startup companies that are looking for investors to back their efforts”. William Saito has backed multiple cybersecurity businesses, in particular, where the founders had come up with a really novel solution to keeping people safe online. He says he spends quite a bit of time hearing pitches for startups, working with them to further develop their ideas, and then deciding if he should enter into a partnership with them or not.