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The Modi government seems to be taking cyber security very seriously and has taken the first big step towards securing the country’s sensitive data from hackers. According to a report by DNA, the Centre has taken a vital step towards having its own operating system (OS) with which it plans to replace all other OSs, including the most popular Microsoft Windows in future.
The initiative to have an indigenous operating system began in 2007 with the launch of Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS), a free and open source Linux distribution developed by the National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) of India. However, there the OS has had no update since 2013.
With the release of the Snowden reports, it had become clear that India was the most scrutinised nation by the US intelligence agencies and was highly vulnerable when it came to cyber security. Though there have been plans for many years to put a robust and secure operating system in place, there was no systematic and proactive approach towards getting it up and running.
The current administration is keen to get things going and will be unveiling a highly improved version of BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing). An internal meeting will be held in union home ministry this week to discuss the new OS, the report said.
The new version of the OS has been under trial for the past three months successfully fending itself from all kinds of attacks including those from army intelligence and several other government agencies.
Developed with the help of Gujarat Technical University, DRDO and private computer geeks, the new Linux based OS is completely indigenous and has been designed to give a user experience similar to that of
Microsoft Windows. It is expected to be handed over to department of electronics and information technology (DEITY) for further development.
While countries like China and the US have significant R&D efforts put in to protect their networks from outside attack, India has been doing very little in this regard. This new initiative is a great step forward by the government to secure India’s security in the cyber world.