The Indian Army has developed and launched a secure messaging software, Secure Application for the Internet or SAI. The app helps end-to-end secure voice, textual content and video calling companies for Android platform and was launched to forestall “leaking” of any labeled info to inimical intelligence businesses, the ministry of defence mentioned in an announcement.
“The model (of SAI) is similar to commercially available messaging applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS and utilises end-to-end encryption messaging protocol. SAI scores over on security features with local in-house servers and coding, which can be tweaked as per requirements,” the ministry mentioned in a launch on Thursday.
The indigenous messaging software has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and Army Cyber Group and the method for submitting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) internet hosting the infrastructure on NIC and dealing on iOS platform for the app is at the moment in progress, the ministry mentioned. SAI will be utilized by the military to facilitate secure messaging throughout the service, it added.
SAI was developed by Colonel Sai Shankar, the commanding officer of a alerts unit in Rajasthan, after which upgraded to military-grade requirements. Defence minister Rajnath Singh, after reviewing the working of the app, complimented Col Shankar for growing the applying with “skill and ingenuity”.
In July, after the Centre banned 59 apps of Chinese origin or with Chinese hyperlinks from app shops in India, the defence ministry had instructed troopers and officers of the Indian Army to delete 89 apps from their mobile units, together with information apps like Daily Hunt, relationship apps like Tinder, social networking apps like Facebook, TikTok, video-conferencing apps like Zoom and gaming apps like PUBG. This was executed to forestall “sensitive information” from being leaked.
Popular social media apps Facebook and Instagram have additionally been banned. Last 12 months, the military had instructed its troopers and officers to remain away from utilizing WhatsApp for official functions. Officers posted on delicate posts have been additionally requested to delete their Facebook accounts. Carrying smartphones onto bases and dockyards has been prohibited. This got here after the military noticed Chinese and Pakistan’s on-line espionage brokers making an attempt to acquire labeled info and knowledge.