NHK cyber security program

Just finished a 2.5 hour interview with NHK (the equivalent of Japanese BBC) on cyber security (or the lack thereof) and how things are building to a “Digital Pearl Harbor”.  This will be a TV program that runs from late Spring to early Fall here in Japan.  The program’s genesis is based on the 50 years of US-Japan security alliance.

Of course, instead of the threats of nuclear missles, tanks and fighters, the threat of cyber security affects us everyday with many of us not realizing it.  When the producer and I sat down, I had to start from the basics by defining what sort of cyber security he wanted to talk about.  Apparently, things like the difference between G-to-G, G-to-B and B-to-B did not occur to them.

Anyway, since this was a pretty good opportunity to document what I spoke about (and often speak about at conferences), I’ve created a perma-page at http://security./2010/03/information-security-threats.html which I will update from time-to-time when I remember or hear something new.

I hope the program can turn into a series that will fully educate the public on the various aspects of information security.  Many of our fundamental internet, communications and daily transactions are done on the basis of information integrity and that the underlying infrastructure is secure.  I talk about this and other security topics at my security blog here: http://security./

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.

He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

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