Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important field in today’s Internet-driven world. Whether it is protecting private matters or business ventures, protecting from cyber attacks has grown vital toward any business today.
In an article with Forbes last year, well-known Japanese venture capitalist William Saito discussed ways that people can protect and handle against cyber attacks, especially when it comes to attacks which encrypt personal data and holding it hostage until a “fee” is paid.
Saito listed nine key points when dealing with cyber-attacks that move beyond simply referring to a company’s information technology (IT) department. Instead, business leaders should be more active and upfront with employees when dealing with these sort of modern data issues.
When a cyberattack happens, people shouldn’t attack the victim of it. The person likely feels bad enough as it is. Shaming a victim could lead to the person or those around him and her to keep quiet about such incidents in the future. Saito warns against creating a culture of fear and paranoia when it comes to Internet in a workplace. Instead, communication and taking steps that it never happens again should be a bigger focus.
Saito notes that disconnecting from the Internet may not be as good of an option as some people think it is. It deprives access to security updates and sometimes even makes it easier for the attacks to occur.
A company should have the best and latest protection from spyware when possible. Test and audit these new systems frequently. Understand that systems which protect against attacks have multiple triggers that must be hit before it gets hacked. This can help set up a good system where the attackers may be found out in many different ways.
Saito believes having a cool head, integrating your security system as much as possible, and still allowing for good usability can help keep the cyber attacks limited without causing disruption to everyday business life in the office.
Saito is the son of Japanese immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles two years before his birth. He grew up in La Verne, Ca., and attended University of California-Riverside fir college.
Saito ended up getting into a venture computer security while still in junior high school. Eventually, he named the firm I/O Software and the company started working on projects with the likes of Sony and Microsoft.
After selling his company to Microsoft in 2004, Saito moved to Japan and began a career as a venture capitalist in that country. He helped the National Diet governing body in Japan investigate the 2011 Fukushima Daichi nuclear disaster and served as a cybersecurity advisor to Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister. He has served in an advisory role across the government Cabinet and was on a task force in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics which will be held in Tokyo.