India is reportedly ditching Microsoft Windows and opting for a new operating system and endpoint detection and protection system.
The highly anticipated “Maya operating system” will soon be used to fortify the Indian Defense Ministry’s digital domain, and “Chakravyuh”, the new endpoint detection and protection system, will complement this new security breakthrough.
According to The Hindu, the Indian government is contemplating a major shift away from the Microsoft Windows operating system in favor of a more secure alternative known as “Maya.” This transition also includes deploying the “Chakravyuh” endpoint anti-malware and antivirus system.
However, the Indian Defense Ministry has not confirmed this transition, and the ministry is yet to release an official confirmation.
Maya operating system, and Indian Defense Ministry
The Defense Ministry of India is entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the country’s national security. While Microsoft Windows has always been controversial due to its vulnerabilities, many organizations and governments have opted out.
As one of the largest democracies and a prime target for cybercriminals, India seeks a more secure operating system for its ministries.
Due to the regular vulnerabilities being found in Microsoft products, a nation with a population of 1.486 billion cannot ignore the active exploitation of these vulnerabilities.
While a substantial portion of defense computers remains isolated from the internet, a significant number are interconnected, making them susceptible to cyber threats.
State-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat (ATP) groups are known to target such systems, aiming to extract sensitive information or establish unauthorized network access for cyber espionage activities.
To counter these evolving cyber challenges, the Defense Ministry is reportedly considering the replacement of the Microsoft Operating System with the indigenous Maya operating system on all internet-connected computers.
Maya operating system is a Linux-based distribution, drawing inspiration from the popular Ubuntu OS.
The transition is expected to be seamless because, like any other GUI (Graphical User Interface) operating system, the Maya operating system will offer a user interface and functionalities akin to Windows.
According to reports, the Maya operating system will be implemented in the South Block before Indian independence day, i.e. August 15.
“Maya has the interface and all functionality like Windows, and users will not feel much difference as they transition to it. To begin with, the direction is to install Maya on all computers connected to the Internet in South Block before August 15”, said one official involved in the process, The Hindu reported.
India aims to enhance Security with Maya Operating System
The Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force have rigorously evaluated the new OS, with the Navy already granting its approval.
Meanwhile, the Army and Air Force are conducting thorough assessments. Once these evaluations conclude, all three branches are poised to integrate the Maya operating system into their service networks, reported Gizbot.
Complementing the transition to the Maya operating system is the introduction of “Chakravyuh,” a sophisticated endpoint malware detection and protection system. This tandem approach is poised to curtail the rise of cyber attacks targeting the country’s digital security.
The Defense Ministry’s decision to embrace these advancements is driven by recognizing the escalating cyber threatscape.
Despite the widespread familiarity and user-friendly nature of Microsoft Windows OS, several vulnerabilities, exploitations, and the fact that threat actors continuously target Windows machines have compelled the nation to chart a new course with the help of the Maya operating system and Chakravyuh endpoint security.
India’s Defense Ministry is poised for a significant technological shift, potentially bidding adieu to Microsoft Windows and ushering in the era of “Maya” OS.
This move, accompanied by deploying the advanced “Chakravyuh” protection system, signifies a bold step towards safeguarding the nation’s digital sovereignty.
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