William Saito
Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office
Government of Japan


One of Nikkei’s “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming in elementary school. Later, he incorporated his own business, was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998, and was widely recognized as an authority on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security. In 2004 he sold his company to Microsoft, moved to Tokyo, and founded InTecur, a VC that identifies innovative technologies and helps entrepreneurs maximize their potential.

In 2011, Saito was named CTO of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. In 2012, he was appointed to a council on national strategy which reported directly to the Prime Minister. He is active in the World Economic Forum and consults for several national governments. In Japan, he has advised METI, MIC, MEXT, and MLIT and is currently the Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

A popular university lecturer and respected TV commentator, widely read newspaper columnist and is also a prolific author. His best-selling The Team (Nikkei BP) appeared in 2012, and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, in 2011 (Wiley).


Redefining Governments Role in Cyber Security


This presentation will discuss the current risks, challenges and actions associated with a new global cyber domain. The advancements in ICT and the opportunities provided by new technologies such as IoT, cloud and FinTech also present a new attack surface for bad actors that requires a paradigm shift and new mindset to prevent and protect all types of organizations including governments, corporations and individuals where traditional methods of defense do not apply and resilience becomes increasingly critical.