India to Develop Proprietary Hacker-Safe Systems

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The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation is developing a proprietary operating system to protect its sensitive data from cyber attacks and hackers, according to Indo-Asian News Service.

“We initiated the indigenous computing project in September and a road map is being drawn to implement the programme,“ DRDO Director General V.K. Saraswat told reporters last week.

The operating system would be similar to systems used around the globe and will be located in Bangalore and New Delhi.

“Though it will be a real-time system with Windows software, source code and architecture will be proprietary, giving us the exclusivity of owning a system unknown to foreign elements and protect our security system,“ Saraswat was quoted as saying by IANS.

The new operating system will be designed to decrease the organization's vulnerability and susceptibility to cyber attacks. It will also be used to protect the defense systems for computing in research areas such as molecular computing and bio-molecular computing.

Saraswat said 50 scientists from various defense labs in Bangalore and New Delhi have been pooled to work on the project, as well as firms from the private sector.

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