NEW DELHI: At least 80 high-end Google Pixel’customised’ phones with Jio SIMs have been given to top bureaucrats on a ‘trial’ basis to ensure secure communication among them, according to a source in the IT ministry.
The home ministry had drawn up a list of 100 officials from multiple ministries for the purpose, and 80 of these devices have been handed out so far, the source said.
The balance 20 units are in the pipeline, he added.
The project is at a ‘pilot’ stage and the sample distribution is for measuring the performance and security of the device.
Google announces list of 100 ‘most secure’ Android phones and devices
Google: Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9
Samsung: Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S6 Active, Galaxy S5 Dual SIM, Galaxy C9 Pro, Galaxy C7, Galaxy J7, Galaxy On7 Pro, Galaxy J2, Galaxy A8, Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
LG: LG G6, V20, Stylo V2, GPAD 7.0 LTE
Motorola: Moto Z, Moto Z Droid
Sony: Xperia XA1, Xperia X
Vivo: Vivo 1609, Vivo 1601, Vivo Y55
Oppo: CPH1613, CPH1605
A home ministry official said that while the handset and the telecom service provider are important elements of security, the critical aspect is the application on which the communication — both voice and data — is based.
“If that and the application server are secured, encrypted and appropriately certified, the security issues can be broadly addressed,” the official said.