With the advent of the World Wide Web, cyber security was conceived, and thus began the war against the cyber bullies of the world. To keep up with staying connected while protecting information, the world of technology welcomed William Saito to the good fight.
William Saito’s journey began as a young college student starting his own software company, I/O Security Software. His expertise was soon recognized by Sony, and it was Saito’s collaboration with that mega-company that helped create the fingerprint scanner.
Ernst and Young awarded William Saito the 1997 Entrepreneur of the Year for his invention, paving the way for biometric data collection software providing the thumbprint technology of today’s cell phones. In 2000, he sold these rights to Microsoft, solidifying his authority in the world of technology.
Fascinated by the process of any working gadget, Saito took things apart just to put them back together. He was intrigued by how computer software worked and made it his mission in fifth grade to crack the copy protection embedded in a software program just to see if it could be done.
William Saito believed that to tackle any crisis in compromised software, one had to be prepared. Watching Y2K unfold taught him that cybersecurity wasn’t just about IT personnel. Everyone involved in creating and maintaining software needed to be taught preparedness. He believed to succeed in keeping out information stealers, prevention comes first. Maintain a resilient front. Look at an attack as a learning tool, and come back stronger. Always think your software has a vulnerability, even when others may be convinced they’ve covered every possible crack. “The company must be formed by a team. In my experience utilizing a team is by and large preferred to a single owner/designer/operator/creator. I simply don’t trust one-person shows. I believe a good leader recognizes the value of talented people and uses this strength to help complement weaknesses.
“Here’s one thing I know for sure: Nothing will ever go to plan. Not one single successful business has ever been based on a perfectly thought out business plan, but on the ability of those involved with the company to adapt, evolve, and understand the changing tides of their industry.”