The Indian Army has decided to tighten the security of its soldiers by creating a secure messaging app similar to WhatsApp as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign. This internal secure messaging application is aptly named SAI (short for Secure Application for Internet). It will help military personnel to stop the leakage of confidential or private information to intelligence agencies.
Now when I say that the messaging app is similar to WhatsApp, it may not sound really reassuring to many of you. But what I mean is that the Indian Army uses an end-to-end encryption messaging protocol like many other messaging apps. This means that no one can read the messages except the sender and receiver, which makes it similar to Telegram and WhatsApp.
The SAI messaging app is said to support end-to-end ciphertext, voice, and video calling. What is the biggest difference here? The Indian Army boasts of the security features of the app, including “local internal servers and encryption which can be modified as per requirements”. Your data is not stored on the Amazon or Facebook server, especially outside the country.
The SAI name of the application has not only an abbreviated representation. It is named after Colonel Sai Shankar. The defense minister praised his skill and ingenuity in creating a secure messaging app AtmaNirbhar. SAI has already been vetted by the CERT and Army Cyber Group integrated auditor.
The SAI application “will be used by pan-Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service” and prevent information leaks in the future. It is currently available only on Android (for military personnel and not for the general masses) and an iOS app is in the works, according to the report. This move by the Indian Army follows the recent ban on the use of Facebook and Instagram, along with more than 89 apps, due to national security risks.