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 in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). As one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.

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