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Indian Army has developed a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for Internet (SAI).
This initiative by the Indian Army can be seen as a part of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
- Secure Application for the Internet (SAI) will support an end-to-end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platforms over the internet.
- 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 application has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and Army Cyber Group.
- CERT-In is a statutory organisation of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology established in 2004.
- It is the nodal agency to deal with cyber security threats and strengthens security-related defence of the Indian Internet domain.
- CERT-In has been designated under Section 70B of Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 to serve as the national agency to perform the following functions in the area of cyber security:
- Collection, analysis and dissemination of information on cyber incidents
- Forecast and alerts of cyber security incidents
- Emergency measures for handling cyber security incidents
- Coordination of cyber incident response activities
- Issue guidelines, advisories, vulnerability notes and whitepapers relating to information security practices, procedures, prevention, response and reporting of cyber incidents.
- Such other functions relating to cyber security as may be prescribed.