William Saito: Cybersecurity Expert

The internet began originally to help students and scientists. Now, the internet is used in most aspects of human life. Many jobs would be hard to do without the internet, while some would be completely impossible. William Saito, a Japanese-American expert in cybersecurity, has been interested in programming since he was a young boy. He has stated that new technologies should be embedded with security instead of it being an afterthought. With so many devices being connected to the internet, it is absolutely pertinent to spend some time protecting your information.


Although there are almost as many mobile devices as there are people on this planet, the number of household devices connected to the internet could soon pass these numbers with appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, toasters, and heaters. Any small mismanagement of data through all these new devices can lead to disastrous breaches in security.


William Saito, a former Japanese political and strategic advisor, has been very interested in the tech world for a long time, he even earned a programming internship at 10 years old. Saito finished high school a year early and went to college for an advanced medical degree, but he had engineering on his mind, always. While in college, he was the CEO of I/O Software, Inc., a business he began with friends in California. I/O was purchased by Microsoft in the early 2000’s due to the extensive work they had done with Sony.


Saito and Sony were working on ways to integrate biometric data. Saito came up with the idea to use fingerprint recognition by modifying the lens of a camera, but Sony was instantly intrigued and wanted to use it for office doors. William Saito had other plans. He thought the fingerprinting could be used for security for personal computers. I/O used software to recognize the fingerprints, a new idea compared to regular fingerprinting. By singling out the main features of a print, they were able to expedite and shorten the process. This innovation led the way for biometric data collection software that is used in today’s smartphone’s screen locks. This also led to the acquisition of I/O Software by Microsoft.