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Paramilitary Forces Embrace ‘Sandes App’ for Secure Official Commute

In a strategic move aimed at bolstering data security and prioritizing indigenous technology, paramilitary forces are set to transition to the ‘Sandes App’ for all official communication and document sharing in the new year. This shift underscores the growing importance of safeguarding sensitive information and ensuring secure messaging platforms within security organizations.

Background

The decision to adopt the ‘Sandes App’ stems from the prevalent use of WhatsApp for internal communication within paramilitary forces. While WhatsApp has been a popular choice, the paramount emphasis on data safety necessitated a transition to a platform designed and developed in India. The ‘Sandes App,’ developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), emerges as a robust alternative.

What is ‘Sandes App’ and Its Features?

The ‘Sandes’ application is an open source-based indigenous instant messaging platform tailored to meet the stringent security requirements of government organizations. Its key features include:

  • End-to-End Encryption: Ensuring secure and private messaging communication.
  • Encrypted Backup: Safeguarding data with an additional layer of encryption during backup processes.
  • Encrypted OTP Service: Providing secure one-time password services for authentication.
  • Data Privacy: The app does not share data with third parties and adheres to the privacy and data policies governed by the Government of India.

Integration with Government Services

To enhance functionality and efficiency, the ‘Sandes App’ has been seamlessly integrated with NIC email, DigiLocker, and e-office. However, full access to these features is currently available only to government-verified users. Employees of government organizations are required to undergo verification by contacting the Nodal officer of their respective Ministry/Department.

Trial Run and App Readiness

A trial run of the ‘Sandes App’ identified and rectified several glitches, ensuring a smooth user experience. The updated version of the application is now deemed ready for use, meeting the stringent requirements of paramilitary forces.

Implementation Timeline:

Starting from the first week of January, all paramilitary forces, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), are advised to transition to the ‘Sandes App’ for all official communication and document sharing.

Government’s Commitment to Secure Technology

This shift towards the ‘Sandes App’ exemplifies the government’s commitment to utilizing secure and indigenous technology for communication within its organizations. As the focus on data security continues to intensify, this move sets a precedent for other government agencies to prioritize secure messaging platforms and reinforce national cybersecurity measures.

Important Questions Related to Exams

Q1. Why are paramilitary forces transitioning to the ‘Sandes App’ for official communication and document sharing?

Q2. What are the key features of the ‘Sandes App’ that cater to the security requirements of government organizations?

Q3. Who developed the ‘Sandes App’?

Q4. When is the implementation timeline for paramilitary forces to transition to the ‘Sandes App’?

Q5. Which paramilitary forces are advised to make the transition to the ‘Sandes App’ for official communication?

Check your knowledge and try to answer the questions in the comment section.

 

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