The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with with other premier institutes is currently developing the nation's very own operating system. The development process is a result of the need to have a strong cyber security system installed in the country. DRDO Chief V K Saraswat went ahead to reveal that the OS will be ready in the next three years. The DRDO Director-General was further quoted as saying, “One of the major elements of cyber security is having our own operating system because today we are dependent on all OS systems which are imported whether it is based on Windows, Linux which is likely to be having malicious worms/things and hence it is essential that we have our own OS.”

Three years more, before the OS is ready (Image credit:Getty Images)

Three years more, before the OS is ready (Image credit:Getty Images)

Saraswat was at NAVCOM-2012, a two-day international conference on Navigation and Communication in Hyderabad, when he made the revelation. Speaking to reporters at the conference, he added, “We have already started a major programme and are one-and-half-years into that programme. It (Indian OS) is a major effort requiring large number of software engineers working together.” Interestingly, 150 engineers across the country are working towards getting the Indian OS ready. The project is wholly an Indian effort and hence, does not involve any foreign expertise, Saraswat shared. 

He shared that defence researchers and scientists ought to work together with the industry, DRDO and other scientific departments to put together India's OS. This, he said, would mean that we would be independent of what comes from elsewhere.  

Clearly, the issue of cyber security has been the cause of big worry for the nation. As per a recent revelation, last year, more than 1,600 people were arrested for cyber crimes registered under the Information Technology Act, 2000 and under sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC). In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications noted, “As per the crime data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 154, 178, 288, 799 and 1,184 persons were arrested for cyber crimes registered under IT Act, 2000 during 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.”

The IT Act, 2000 allows detection/tracking on cyber crimes and punishment to culprits, thereby providing a legal framework to address issues pertaining to such crimes in the cyber space. Deora added that a total of 429, 195, 263, 394 and 446 persons were arrested for cyber crimes registered under sections of IPC relating to cyber crime cases during 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. “As per the crime data maintained by NCRB, a total of 217, 288, 420, 966 and 1,791 cyber crime cases were registered under IT Act, 2000 during the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively, thereby showing a rising trend,” he added further. 

A recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) – Crime in India 2011 – shed light on how the nation has fared as far as cyber crimes go. According to the report, the number of cases that were registered under the nation's IT act last year were 1,791 – a considerable rise of 85.4 percent from the 966 cases registered in 2010.

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