Japanese-American cyber-security expert William Sato has made it his mission to help individuals and organizations of all types protect themselves from online threats. Not only has he carefully studied data breaches like those that afflicted both the Democratic and Republican parties in recent years, but he has also looked at disasters like 9/11 and the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima to find commonalities.
William Sato has written and spoken extensively about his approach to crisis management. Essentially, he believes that prevention is an ongoing effort that everyone who uses the Internet needs to take part in. For instance, people need to be aware of what websites they are visiting and what they are doing on those sites in the same way they should be wary of food and candy offered from strangers.
Currently, there is an atmosphere of blaming the victim when it comes to cyber-security, William Saito believes; he notes how the hack at Sony in 2014 resulted in the loss of jobs for executives deemed responsible. In order for organizations to be truly safe, Sato, says, the philosophy should change to finding what is wrong and fixing it before hackers strike rather than finding out who was responsible and punishing them afterward.
William Saito Background
Raised in California by Japanese immigrant parents, William Sato showed a precocious interest in technology and electronics at an early age. In fact, he was programming computers by age ten. Recently, he said of his childhood fascination with computers: “I’ve always been curious about how things work. I couldn’t just be satisfied by understanding how to use a computer, I needed to know how it was built and I would take them apart to understand the inner workings, all the way down to the microchip level.”
In college, Saito started a highly successful software company out of his dorm room that was eventually bought out by Microsoft. Since then, he has become a well-regarded and sought-after speaker on crisis management in general and cyber-security in particular and runs his own company, InTecur. When asked in a recent interview about what makes a company successful, he responded, “Most companies have one of two things: Passion for their industry or intricate knowledge of the field they are creating within.”