India to Get its Own OS as Cybersecurity is a Major Concern


With 69 percent of Indian companies at risk of cyber-attack, India has been the second most cyber-attacks affected country from 2016 to 2018, according to a new Data Security Council of India (DSCI) report. Further, the average cost for a data breach in India has risen 7.9% since 2017, with the average cost per breached record amounting to INR 4,552 ($64)
Thirty-five percent of organisations in the region suffered at least one cybersecurity incident in the last 12 months, says a sector study.
A cyberattack is any type of offensive maneuver employed by individuals or whole organizations that targets computer information systems, infrastructures, computer networks, and/or personal computer devices by various means of malicious acts usually originating from an anonymous source that either steals, alters, or destroys a specified target by hacking into a susceptible system.
Conflicting and vested global interests and the sheer destruction capability have made conventional warfare is near impossibility. Thus, Cyberwarfare is a new reality.
Governments across the world are in a huddle over securing their digital footprint and sensitive data from New-Age hackers and an end-to-end, reliable and trustworthy operation system (OS) beyond Android or iOS is top of their minds.
Some countries have already moved forward on this front:
Russian government via its national operator Rose Telecom recently acquired 75 percent of the “Aurora OS” platform built on Finnish firm Jolla’s “Sailfish OS”.
Russia with “Aurora OS” wants to build a safe digital society with the Aurora OS for devices used across corporates and state-owned companies.
Similarly, a Brazilian company “Sikur” has built a highly secure OS and software platform to be scaled across different devices from smartphones, trading stations, industrial IoT, PoS machines, wearables etc. Sikur has created a way to provide total security on any application, be it banking, stocks, news, cryptocurrency, wallets or email.
Recently launched HarmonyOS by Huawei is also a step in that direction to create a ‘national OS’ for China.
India has been on the receiving end of cyber-attack for a while now, creating an emergent need for the Indian Government to stride forward in this direction.
Neil Shah, Research Director, Counterpoint Research point out: “In the world of geo-political tensions, tech cold war and protectionism, countries such as China, Russia and Brazil are trying to push for an OS which is more controlled and is privacy led to the actors outside of their home countries. The Indian government should also strive to own such secure OS for devices part of its key operations.”
“The aim is to have a secure, independent OS solution and ecosystem to challenge the Google Android and Apple iOS duopoly in smartphones as the top three OS platforms in the world for key computing devices come from the US,” Shah noted.
With sectors like Government Data, Government communication, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, financial services and R&D involved, the dangers of Cyber-attack are real and potentially catastrophic. Steps like Data-localisation and enhanced privacy concerns will also compliment the strategy to prevent and mitigate cybersecurity threats.

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