SAI – Secure Application for Internet

SAI – Secure Application for Internet

Secure Application for Internet: The Indian Army has begun a new messaging application called SAI that will provide secure voice, text and video calling services to its soldiers.

“The framework (of SAI) is similar to commercially available messaging applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS and utilises end-to-end encryption messaging protocol,” the Indian Army said in a statement on Thursday.

The Army advanced and termed this messaging app as SAI, which stands for Secure Application for Internet.

Secure Application for Internet

“SAI will be used by the Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service. The application supports end-to-end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platforms over the internet,” the statement noted.

Indian Army’s newly developed messaging application is also in line with PM Narendra Modi’s call for `Atmanirbhar Bharat`. 

The application supports an end-to-end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platforms over the internet, the Ministry of Defence said.

SAI scores over on security features with local in-house servers and coding, which can be tweaked as per requirements,” the Defence Ministry said.

The application has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and Army Cyber Group, and the process for filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) hosting the infrastructure on NIC and working on iOS platform is currently in progress.

SAI will be utilised by the Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service. The Defence Minister after reviewing the functionalities of the app complimented Col Sai Shankar for his skill and ingenuity for developing the application, it added.

Security features include local in-house servers:

  1. SAI scores over on privately secured features with local in-house servers and coding, which can be tweaked as per needs.
  2. Also, the process for filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) hosting the infrastructure on NIC and working on iOS platform is currently in progress.
  3. The application has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and the Army Cyber Group, it noted.
  4. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the functionalities of the app and complimented Col Sai Shankar for his skill and ingenuity for developing the application.

After reviewing the functionalities of the app the Defence Minister complimented the officer for his skill and ingenuity for developing the application.

Indian Army had banned 89 Apps in July

Having a secure mode of communication is vital for the security forces and with the rise of hybrid warfare in a connected world secure applications like SAI gives Indian Army an edge in day-to-day operations.

In July, the Indian Army had asked all its personnel and soldiers to remove 89 apps including Facebook and Instagram due to the national security risks.

As per the media reports, the top brass was concerned about sensitive information being leaked via these apps after which this decision was taken. The Army had also said that strict action will be taken against those who do not comply with this order.

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