CRICKET:KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):Man-of-the-Match John Campbell snatched a five-wicket haul and then smashed a cameo, unbeaten half-century as Jamaica Scorpions broke their four-game losing slump in the Regional four-day championship with a convincing nine-wicket win over Windward Islands Volcanoes here yesterday.Playing on the final day of the ninth round contest at the Arnos Vale Stadium, the 22-year-old claimed five for 106 with his part-time off-spin to send the hosts tumbling for 350 in their second innings.They resumed on 245 for four, but lost their last six wickets for 105 runs, with Campbell picking up four of the wickets to fall. Veteran left-arm spinner Nikita Miller provided support, taking four for 90.Devon Thomas (126), captain Liam Sebastien (52) and Kavem Hodge (45) led the Volcanoes’ scoring.Set 139 for victory, Scorpions raced to their target off 34.4 overs, with the left-handed Campbell pummelling a stroke-filled 83 and fellow opener Shacaya Thomas scoring 52.Campbell faced just 97 deliveries and belted six fours and four sixes, putting on 133 with the right-handed Thomas, who counted four boundaries in a 107-ball knock.He raised his half-century off just 52 deliveries, with four fours and two sixes, while Thomas was far more sedate, requiring 105 balls in nearly two hours.The victory, which brought Scorpions 19 points, was their first since the first week of December last year when they beat Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Pride winAT THE NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE IN TRINIDAD: Barbados Pride defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by seven wickets on the final day of their ninth round clash here yesterday.Scores: PRIDE 396 (Kraigg Brathwaite 123, Kevin Stoute 66, Roston Chase 59, Shai Hope 52, Omar Phillips 49; Yannick Ottley 2-10, Rayad Emrit 2-66) and 74 for three (Shai Hope 36, Kraigg Brathwaite 31). RED FORCE 226 (Kyle Hope 77, Yannick Ottley 37; Kemar Roach 4-45, Jomel Warrican 3-44) and 240 (Kyle Hope 76, Imran Khan 39, Marlon Richards 39; Jomel Warrican 5-54, Kevin Stoute 4-50).AT SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS CRICKET GROUND IN ANTIGUA: Leeward Islands Hurricanes drew with Guyana Jaguars on the final day here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 430 (Montcin Hodge 149 not out, Gavin Tonge 59, Kieran Powell 55, Daron Cruickshank 43, Keacy Carty 33, Orlando Peters 29; Chris Barnwell 2-68, Veerasammy Permaul 2-77). JAGUARS 190 (Shiv Chanderpaul 48, Rayon Reifer 45, Vishaul Singh 25; Gavin Tonge 4-37, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-59, Alzarri Joseph 2-34) and 222 for eight (Leon Johnson 79, Vishaul Singh 32, Shiv Chanderpaul 25 not out; Alzarri Joseph 4-71, Rahkeem Cornwall 3-34).
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his German partner Alexander Zverev were knocked out of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after going down in the opening round of the men’s doubles event here on Wednesday.The Indo-German pair, who comfortably won the first set, failed to continue their momentum and fell to a 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-6 defeat against Spainiard duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in a jam-packed outer stadium match.Following the defeat, Zverev reflected on his debut partnership with Paes.The 20-year-old said that although they have lost the match today, it was fun playing with him.”I know him quite well. He’s a good guy. Unfortunately we lost today, but it was fun playing with him,” the ATP website quoted Zverev, as saying.Zverev also admitted that the doubles’ event can improve his singles game.”The serve and return helps. You get used to the conditions a little bit more, the match conditions. That’s very good. Obviously the volleys improve,” the right-hander said.Zverev has already clinched five titles this year, while Paes is a veteran of 54 doubles titles.
TORONTO – Companies trying to stay ahead of the increasing threat of cyberattacks need to be cognizant of one simple fact: there is no perfect antidote or turnkey solution against criminals bent on breaching their systems.“Everyone is hacking into everything,” said Benoit Dupont, professor of criminology at the University of Montreal and the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity.“Even the most secure, aware organizations like the top intelligence agencies in the world get hacked,” he said, pointing to a report in the New York Times last month that the cyberweapons developed by the National Security Agency to spy on other countries are now being used against it, thanks to a leak.The number of Canadian businesses experiencing losses of $1-million or more rose to seven per cent from just one per cent two years ago, according to a 2017 report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.With each passing year, hacking has become more dangerous, sophisticated and difficult to prevent — and solely ramping up spending on cybersecurity is not a viable solution for any organization, experts warn.What’s required when it comes to cyber preparedness, Benoit and others argue, is a radical overhaul of the entire ecosystem that accounts for the significant role that human error plays in breaches — from confidential data sent to insecure home systems, to phishing schemes that rely on tricking people into giving up sensitive information belonging to their employer.At a minimum, organizations should ensure that mechanisms are in place to minimize the damage caused by inevitable cyber-infiltrations so that if criminals are able to breach a system they won’t necessarily be able to exit with anything of value.That starts with prioritizing the information that organizations must protect, said Christian Leuprecht, national security expert at the Royal Military College and Queen’s University.“People think there is such a thing as privacy and that you can keep things secret. We need to come to the realization that’s not possible,” said Leuprecht.Surprisingly, encryption — in which data is translated into a secret code that can only be accessed by using a secret key or password to decrypt the documents into plain text — is one measure few companies seem to be adopting, said Satyamoorthy Kabilan, director of national security and strategic foresight at the Conference Board of Canada.“The fact that every time we hear about someone’s system being breached and people are able to read the details tells you a lot,” Kabilan added.Encryption, however, isn’t a viable long-term cyber-strategy for companies that need to have constant access to data themselves, according to Andre Boysen, chief identity officer at Toronto-based SecureKey.“It’s going to make it harder for the business to read the data,” he said. “It’s got limited usefulness.”Typically, such companies instead rely on constantly monitoring what’s happening on their network — a feat no human can succeed at, even with organizations leveraging more artificial intelligence and algorithms to determine suspicious activities and identify them before hackers get access to their crown jewels.“We always assume people are hacking near perfect systems,” said Leuprecht. “We have major human errors in the way the systems are set up. Most people actually run terrible operations including some of the largest in the country.”Failure to patch and update systems is another area where human error causes critical fallout, Kabilan noted.“It’s so much of a non-starter that it’s not being done,” he said, referencing the WannaCry ransomware attack, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May and scrambled data at hospitals, factories, government agencies, banks and other businesses around the world.“(WannaCry) spread because some people clicked on a link but the reason it proliferated was that it took advantage of an unpatched system.”Organizations need to get a better handle on setting up simple deterrents to make it as unattractive as possible to try to steal information, said Leuprecht.“For instance, if you’re storing credit card information, or things that have lots of numbers, you can create fake versions of them … So if somebody gets a hold of all these numbers they don’t know what the fakes are and what the real ones are,” said Leuprecht.“If you’re just an organized criminal operation that’s trying to extract financial data, you don’t want to invest millions of dollars and hours trying to sift through all the data to figure out what’s real, what’s fake, what’s usable.”Other effective methods not being used by companies are exfiltration detectors that examine outgoing data and block any documents that are intended to remain inside the network, he added.“This is not rocket science,” said Leuprecht. “You have a water main break, you shut it down.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
The Elders today encouraged all political actors in Zimbabwe to deliver integrity and transparency across the country’s transition, including a level playing field ahead of the upcoming elections.They reaffirmed how important it is that the electoral process and subsequent actions lead to a significant strengthening of civilian authority at all levels of the state.The concerns of civil society around rule of law, security and a fair process of electoral registration need to be heard before, during and after the elections to help ensure legitimacy.The Elders encouraged the Government of Zimbabwe to foster open dialogue with opposition representatives, civil society, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union, the United Nations and the wider international community.They called on the Government and all other stakeholders to promote greater transparency and accountability in the management of the economy. Sustained action is needed to eradicate fraud and corruption, and establish an inclusive approach to economic recovery and development.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former United Nations Secretary-General, said:“Zimbabwe is on the long road to recovery. The upcoming elections are an important first step on this path to democratic and civilian government, but they cannot be an end in themselves. Only a long-term process of national renewal will allow the country to reach its full potential.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders with Nelson Mandela, added:“The people of Zimbabwe have suffered for too long from autocratic rule, cronyism and economic mismanagement. These challenges can be overcome if the Government convenes free and fair elections and clamps down on corruption. The Elders affirm the people of Zimbabwe’s long-deferred dream for a better country, and stand with them in the months and years ahead.”