‘Maya’ operating system (MAYA OP) will replace Windows:  Ministry of Defense

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‘Maya’ operating system (MAYA OP) will replace Windows:  Ministry of Defense

Recently, the Ministry of Defense of India has decided to install an operating system called “Maya” instead of the Microsoft operating system in all computers connected to the Internet.

The decision has been taken in the wake of increasing cyber and malware attacks on defense as well as critical infrastructure across the country.

In the past, there has been an increase in the number of malware and ransomware attacks in the country including critical infrastructure. There have been several attempts earlier in the Ministry of Defense to replace the Windows OS with an indigenously developed OS.

Maya Operating System:

  • ‘Maya OS’ is a new operating system developed by the Ministry of Defense of India to protect its systems from cyber attacks.
  • It is based on the open-source Ubuntu platform, which means it uses free and publicly available software.
  • ‘Maya OS’ aims to provide a robust protection against cyber threats by providing an interface and functionality similar to ‘Windows OS’, allowing users to easily adapt to the new system.
  • Maya OS is equipped with a feature called Chakravyuh, which is an end point anti-malware and antivirus software. It creates a virtual security wall between users and the Internet, preventing hackers from accessing sensitive data.
  • Currently, Maya OS is being installed only in the systems of the Ministry of Defense and not on the computers connected to the network of the three services.

Source – The Hindu

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