The Ministry of Defence is replacing the current operating systems in their computers with indigenously built Maya. This system is built on the open-source Ubuntu platform and comes amid an increasing number of cyberattacks targeting defence establishments and other critical infrastructure
Ubuntu is a free, open-source operating system based on Linux and allows anyone to use and modify it.
What is Maya OS?
- Currently, the computers being used by India’s defence ministry are all working on the Windows system. However, in an attempt to protect its systems, the Ministry of Defence floated the idea of its own operating system and the idea of Maya OS was born in 2021.
- Maya has been worked on by a team of experts from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), and the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
- Maya OS comes with an added feature of Chakravyuh, an end-point anti-malware and antivirus software that creates a virtual layer between the user and the internet, blocking any malicious attempts to access or compromise the data. This makes this OS safer and more foolproof against hackers.
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