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From the ISA Director:"The availability of information is a decisive factor in the battle against terror. It is well known that the intelligence capabilities of the ISA will be of no avail without immediate access to information required. In recent years, it has become clear that immediate access is not sufficient, and that a comprehensive plan of managing information must be developed and integrated into the work accomplished at all levels. Without these advanced information technologies, it is doubtful whether we would have succeeded in dealing with the waves of terror of recent years. We are required to absorb, store and analyze enormous quantities of information, and to separate out the wheat from the chaff. The ISA information apparatus employs advanced technologies for collection, sophisticated algorithms for storage and for identifying connections, automated tools for information analysis and retrieval, and logical deductions. In order to thwart a terror attack, information analysis must produce immediate answers, and implement warning systems that survey the enormous amount of information and indicate features and abnormalities automatically, even without a query from a human being. In order to simplify the processes of detection and conclusion-drawing, we have developed graphic capabilities which permit analysis and the demonstration of connections in real time. Snippets of information that point to a developing situation are collected in the system and are put together within minutes to form a comprehensive picture which is presented to the decision-makers in a way that allows them to draw operational conclusions immediately. Thus, the ISA information systems have aided in preventing dozens of terror attacks, even when the terrorist was already en route to the planned site of the attack. The operational effectiveness of the informational technology is tested on the ground, each and every day. The information systems division must meet demanding standards: drawing all necessary conclusions from the information collected, in the best possible way, in real time, and with total reliability. The ISA can tolerate no less, since its successes and failures are measured in human life – a measure alien to the business world." Yuval Diskin, ISA Director, in a speech at the conference held during Information Week, 2005.
Technology Division
The Technology Division in the ISA is the body uniquely appointed to provide comprehensive technological-operational solutions to all ISA units in order to allow the Agency to fulfill its purpose and to carry out its missions. The Division develops and produces sophisticated technological resources for the purpose of collecting intelligence, for countering operations, and for a wide range of operational activities in a variety of areas.
                
The IT Development Division
The IT Development Division is responsible for IT development as well as for providing computer and information services in all areas of ISA activity, including: intelligence systems, operations systems, systems to aid in investigations, systems for providing alerts and warnings in real time, decision-making systems, information mining, analysis of connections and advanced visualization of these connections to create an integrated intelligence picture, and administrative systems. The consumers of the information are individuals at all levels of ISA activity: operations officers, interrogators, sigint analysts, case officers, analysts, security guards, instructors, administration (logistics, acquisitions, finances, etc), HR, and more.
                
 

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