The Government of India is pondering to give special mobile phones to the armed to secure the data and communication between the defense forces. The mobile phones are likely to be designed by the Indian Company.
The officials said that the idea of the special mobile phone is to secure the data and communication between the forces. The suggestion was at the preliminary stage and the government would consider it on further after internal discussion and talks with the other stakeholders and manufacturers.
Special Mobile Phones For Indian Armed Forces
The specification of the phone will also be discussed later. “The Minister of Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had discussed about the possibility of making a mobile phone designed exclusively for the armed forces with all security features,” an officer in the ministry said.
He said, the reason for choosing the Indian manufacturers is that the data should reside in servers in India, so that the govt and the law agencies have full control over it.
The govt. of India is found to be more cautious regarding the data and how it can be misused from the last few months. To keep the data secure on Indian servers the govt. has cogitate an e-mail policy, which ensured secure services for all the users. The special mobile phone is said to being offered to 5 million officials.
As per a govt. statement “In accordance with the e-mail policy of the government, an e-mail id will be assigned to all government officials at the Centre and the states through the National Informatics Centre.”
The primary aim of the policy is to control the data which is used to reside on the servers outside of India and not in the control of Govt. of India. Recently, the government had cracked the whip on smart phone manufacturers, asking them to share their security practices while making phones in India. It had issued notices to about 30 smart phone manufacturers. Around 12 companies have responded and the rest have sought more time.