Government of India is working on a home-grown operating system BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) to take care of cyber attacks on internal websites, for security reasons. According to DNA's report, the software is developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) with support from Gujarat Technical University, DRDO and others. A highly improved version of the OS will be unveiled in this week in an internal meeting in union home ministry.
The government has been testing the OS for three months now, and found the OS to be strong enough to protect itself from all kinds of attacks during the testing phase. According to the report, the BOSS OS has been tested out by several government bodies including the Army intelligence, and managed to fend itself from attacks.
BOSS is a Linux-based OS that is pretty user friendly, and has been developed to take over Microsoft's Windows OS that powers most of the government computers, for security reasons and data privacy concerns. The software is expected to be given to department of electronics and information technology (DEITY), where it will be examined and updated for government use.
Here are five key reasons why the Indian government is actively working on the BOSS OS:
1. Lag in data security:
The cyberspace is highly vulnerable to attacks, and is a major concern for national security. The government is aware of the shortcomings in its cyberspace, post Snowden reports highlighted India's data security lags and revealed India to be the most scrutinized nation as per the US intelligence agencies. Hence, it is working on its own OS for advanced protection of networks and personal computers.
2. Recent attacks on government sites
In the recent past, there have been several severe attacks by Chinese hackers on key government websites, which exposed important government data. These websites are needed to be protected from such invasions, by having a fully secure network. BOSS is based on codes that are unique to its system, which makes it safe and secure.
3. Dependency on Windows
The OS has been said to be developed to replace Microsoft's Windows and other OSes from government computers and systems in future. If this happens, it will reduce government's dependency on other OSes.
4. Data Surveillance
With this OS in use, data surveillance would become much easier for government agencies and bodies, as they may have the access to all sorts of content and data that have been accessed on this OS.
5. Regulating data usage
Recent reports suggested that government want to keep a tab on usage of social networking sites and other entertainment sites during work hours. Considering that this OS has been developed under government's guidelines, it will let the government regulate social networking sites. The centre might as well ban certain sites or restrict their usage by government officials.