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I-League: Chennai City FC, Churchill Brothers eye crucial points in clash of bottom-dwellers

Vasco: After a tough set of fixtures in the ongoing I-League season, Churchill Brothers return to home turf as they host fellow strugglers Chennai City FC at the Tilak Maidan on Tuesday.

Churchill Brothers are languishing at the bottom of the table as they are winless after four away games.

File image of Chennai City FC in action. Image courtesy: I-League

The fixture list has not been kind to them with the Goan side facing the likes of Shillong Lajong, Mohun Bagan, Aizwal FC and East Bengal where they failed to take a single point facing teams which finished in the top half of the table last season.

“We started very badly against (Shillong) Lajong and Mohun Bagan. So after that, we sorted out a lot of things and the team is gelling very well. As you have seen, in our performance against Aizwal, we could have still come out with a point. We conceded in the 88th minute because of a lapse in concentration,” Alfred Fernandes the stand-in coach of Churchill Brothers opined.

The game against East Bengal was one of their better performances where they looked like earning a 2-2 draw only to see Willis Plaza score late into added time.

“In the East Bengal match, if not three points we could have come out with a point. The referee played on another two minutes in which they scored.”

“A little bit of luck and we could have come out with a win. If not a win, at least a point would have been a deserving one,” Fernandes added.

Their Tuesday’s opponents Chennai City FC have also not had the best of starts to the season despite what was a possibly an easier set of fixtures.

While dwelling on his team’s bad run of form, Chennai City FC coach V Soundararajan empathised with Churchill Brothers.

“Both the teams are on very low on points. But compared to us, they played all the vital matches. Like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal. They have improved a lot.”

Unfortunately in the extra-time, one minute than extra time, they conceded the goal. They did a wonderful workout against a well organised side. We also feel for them. Anyway, we don’t want to lose a point,” Soundararajan said.

The Chennai City FC coach also rued a lack of luck for his own team.

“The team has not settled yet. But all the matches we are maintaining the possession and all but the luck is not with us. Against Neroca, we missed a penalty,” he said.

Churchill Brothers will look to take advantage of playing at home and will again look to rely on winger Nicholas Fernandes who has rediscovered his form after a poor season in the last edition.

“It is the coach’s confidence in me. Last year, I was a bit off. This year, I thought over it and I am trying to give my best for the club. Whatever is good for the team, I will keep doing it,” the winger said.

Both teams are after precious points which can get them out of the bottom of the league.

Published Date: Dec 19, 2017 02:34 pm | Updated Date: Dec 19, 2017 02:34 pm

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A simple solution to end the encryption debate

Criminals and terrorists, like millions of others, rely on smartphone encryption to protect the information on their mobile devices. But unlike most of us, the data on their phones could endanger lives and pose a great threat to national security.

The challenge for law enforcement, and for us as a society, is how to reconcile the advantages of gaining access to the plans of dangerous individuals with the cost of opening a door to the lives of everyone else. It is the modern manifestation of the age-old conflict between privacy versus security, playing out in our pockets and palms.

One-size-fits all technological solutions, like a manufacturer-built universal backdoor tool for smartphones, likely create more dangers than they prevent. While no solution will be perfect, the best ways to square data access with security concerns require a more nuanced approach that rely on non-technological procedures.

The FBI has increasingly pressed the case that criminals and terrorists use smartphone security measures to avoid detection and investigation, arguing for a technological, cryptographic solution to stop these bad actors from “going dark.” In fact, there are recent reports that the Executive Branch is engaged in discussions to compel manufacturers to build technological tools so law enforcement can read otherwise-encrypted data on smartphones.

But the FBI is also tasked with protecting our nation against cyber threats. Encryption has a critical role in protecting our digital systems against compromises by hackers and thieves. And of course, a centralized data access tool would be a prime target for hackers and criminals. As recent events prove – from the 2016 elections to the recent ransomware attack against government computers in Atlanta – the problem will likely only become worse. Anything that weakens our cyber defenses will only make it more challenging for authorities to balance these “dual mandates” of cybersecurity and law enforcement access.

There is also the problem of internal threats: when they have access to customer data, service providers themselves can misuse or sell it without permission. Once someone’s data is out of their control, they have very limited means to protect it against exploitation. The current, growing scandal around the data harvesting practices on social networking platforms illustrates this risk. Indeed, our company Symphony Communications, a strongly encrypted messaging platform, was formed in the wake of a data misuse scandal by a service provider in the financial services sector.

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So how do we help law enforcement without making data privacy even thornier than it already is? A potential solution is through a non-technological method, sensitive to the needs of all parties involved, that can sometimes solve the tension between government access and data protection while preventing abuse by service providers.

Agreements between some of our clients and the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYSDFS”), proved popular enough that FBI Director Wray recently pointed to them as a model of “responsible encryption” that solves the problem of “going dark” without compromising robust encryption critical to our nation’s business infrastructure.

The solution requires storage of encryption keys — the codes needed to decrypt data — with third party custodians. Those custodians would not keep these client’s encryption keys. Rather, they give the access tool to clients, and then clients can choose how to use it and to whom they wish to give access. A core component of strong digital security is that a service provider should not have access to client’s unencrypted data nor control over a client’s encryption keys.

The distinction is crucial. This solution is not technological, like backdoor access built by manufacturers or service providers, but a human solution built around customer control.  Such arrangements provide robust protection from criminals hacking the service, but they also prevent customer data harvesting by service providers.

Where clients choose their own custodians, they may subject those custodians to their own, rigorous security requirements. The clients can even split their encryption keys into multiple pieces distributed over different third parties, so that no one custodian can access a client’s data without the cooperation of the others.

This solution protects against hacking and espionage while safeguarding against the misuse of customer content by the service provider. But it is not a model that supports service provider or manufacturer built back doors; our approach keeps the encryption key control in clients’ hands, not ours or the government’s.

A custodial mechanism that utilizes customer-selected third parties is not the answer to every part of the cybersecurity and privacy dilemma. Indeed, it is hard to imagine that this dilemma will submit to a single solution, especially a purely technological one. Our experience shows that reasonable, effective solutions can exist. Technological features are core to such solutions, but just as critical are non-technological considerations. Advancing purely technical answers – no matter how inventive – without working through the checks, balances and risks of implementation would be a mistake.

News Source = techcrunch.com

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