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Joint Cipher Bureau

The inter-services Joint Cipher Bureau has primary responsibility for cryptology and SIGINT, providing coordination and direction to the other military service organisations with similar mission. Most current equipment providing tactical intelligence is of Russian origin, including specialised direction finding and monitoring equipment.

The Joint Cipher Bureau is also responsible for issues relating to public and private key managment. The cryptographic situation in India is in the early stages of development. Cryptographic products are export-controlled licenced items, and licences to India are not generally available for products of key length of more than 56 bits. The domestic Indian computer industry primrily produces PCs, and PC-compatible cryptographic products have been developed and are being used commercially. More robust cryptologic systems are not commercially produced in India, and progress of in this field has been slow due to the general inavailability of technology and know-how. Customised cryptographic products have been designed and produced by organisations in the defense sector are engaged in the implementation of cryptographic techniques, protocols and the products.




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