Cyber security is of profound importance especially when it comes to the three military forces. In order to increase the cyber security, Indian military uses the BOSS operating system better known as the Bharat operating system solutions for guarding its communication and important information from the foreign networks. The threat to the cyber domain is a matter of national importance, which is why the honorary Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji asked the three services to test the indigenous BOSS for guarding all communications.
BOSS has been developed by the CDAC Chennai, and it has been customised to the meet the military requirements. Cyber has become an important part of the warfare domain, which is why using BOSS is the best thing that the military analysts have done. Protection of information is quite crucial when it comes to cyber domain for all the three forces, because leaking out of even a minute detail about the itinerary of a convoy can prove to be quite dangerous. Earlier the Indian Military was using foreign originated software but it was not considered safe and frequently also came under the scanner.
Why is BOSS or Bharat operating system being used?
- Cyber is a fast emerging warfare domain and BOSS is known to be software that promotes the use of free software all over the country. Use of BOSS is considered to be a great initiative by the military analysts.
- As foreign origin software cannot be considered safe for the sharing of important information and communication, BOSS is considered the best choice and also a great way of promoting ‘digital India’ and ‘make in India’. No foreign software is safe to use when leakage of information and cyber espionage is on a rise.
- It has some unique features like the web server, proxy server, mail server, file server, network server, SMS server and it also has an advanced server which consists of the toll such as the PHPmyadmin, PG admin and a web based interface.
- This military software is available in all major languages, like Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Assamese, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Bodo, Urdu, Kashmiri, Maithili, Konkani, and Manipuri, which makes this military software Standout from the rest. As this software is available in almost all Indian languages, it can be used in all government domains and also by those are non English users.
Issues with BOSS
The government considers it to be an all purpose software but it is hardly the case; this ‘made in India software doesn’t have much documentation and there is not much knowledge about its latest release. Another drawback with this OS is that it doesn’t consist of a forum like the other operating systems, for the users to discuss their issues and problems. This software as termed by the government is a free and open software but it is not good for cyber cafes and is perfect to be used if you are a government servant working in a government office or any other government agency.
It is perfect for the government agencies and offices as it reduces the cost and also gives the government its own personal operating system. It can easily be used as uniform software through all government agencies for controlling everything all throughout the government computers.
The latest version
The latest version of this military software is BOSS 6.0 better known as Anoop; it has various applications and certain updates like the XORG, Libreoffice, Evolution, Gimp, GTK, keyring manager and GCC. This latest release of the BOSS is compatible with LSB 4.1.