Biometrics Pioneer William Saito Dispels Common Cybersecurity Myths

In a recent Forbes piece, William Saito laid out ten common myths surrounding cybersecurity. His advice to people who want to protect themselves online is to think of going online as “eating.” Just as you would be wary of a random person off the street who offered you food, so you shouldn’t leave yourself vulnerable online to a party that has been unverified.

A large part of the problem, according to Saito, is that people tend to view cyber-risk as a separate type of risk, divorced from risk in the real world. But with the ubiquity of the Internet in all facets of life, this dichotomy is meaningless. In short, for Saito there is no such thing as cyber-risk, just risk.

Another myth that William Saito points out is that many believe that it is enough to take precautions for your own sake. Unfortunately, this ignores the fact that custodians of your personal data may be unable to keep it safe, as countless hacking scandals have demonstrated.

In addition, Saito asserts that there are really only two kinds of organizations: those organizations which have been hacked and those who are unaware they have been hacked. He believes that people need to move beyond viewing being hacked as something embarrassing in order to gain the benefits of sharing information in order to prevent security lapses.

William Saito is one of the world’s great pioneers in biometric software. While still in college, he founded I/O Software in his dorm room. Thanks to a partnership he established with Sony, he would later sell his biometric software firm to Microsoft in 2000. With Sony, Saito was able to develop a software-based portable finger print scanner that took a picture of a fingerprint in order to verify it. In 1998, Saito was honored as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for his efforts in creating this breakthrough technology.

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