William Saito on Fukushima Risk Assessment

William Saito has commented on his opinion on the Fukushima disaster and its impact on the security industry. He was one of the key executives tasked by the government to investigate the disaster and find answers to why it happened. He relates this experience as life changing. He notes how there were several things that several sectors could have done differently but didn’t. His idea was that a sense of normalcy occurred.

He described this normalcy as the enemy to well-being. William Saito compares it to the Titanic. In the titanic, engineers brought up the fact that the boat had several weakness. A false sense of perfection took over the minds of those in charge of giving orders, however. If precaution was important and every detail was taken into account, Titanic and Fukushima would not have happened. William Saito had to devise a security infrastructure for the investigation and relates his opinions with being cautious to his role in his job.

He says that every risk must be taken into account. Yet, he knows that he can only take risks in which he is able to afford losing. He advocates being cautious and through a good security system, maintaining an infrastructure that is user friendly and strong. He does not advocate taking care to make sure that there is not one part of the system that is impervious to any single mistake. William Saito admits a company is run by humans after all. Yet, he encourages a system to be built in which if one sector fails, another backup is in place.

For example, he advocates being forthright with employers in security breaches. He wants a policy in place to where employees can be honest about their mistakes and not feel that they will lose their jobs if they admit they made a mistake that can put their company in danger. William Saito sees the company as run by imperfect people, and policies should not punish employees for inevitable mistakes.

William Saito was born on March 23rd, 1971. Born in LA, he grew up through the time computers were making advancements. He developed software while still in high school and started his own company in the dorm room of his university. He later sold it to Microsoft. His work is important in the field of translation and fingerprint recognition technology.


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