The functions of the department include the development and maintenance of the data systems and the computing and communications infrastructures for the Authority, for the purpose of performing the duties of its directors and employees, and in accordance with the approved annual work plans. The department is a partner in determining
and implementing the Authority’s computing strategy. In some cases, the department acts in response to a request of the other departments, and in some cases, by virtue of its knowledge of the other departments, the department itself identifies the needs and initiates projects that are designed to respond to these needs and provide a computing solution to them.
The department is responsible for developing and maintaining the following computer systems: the computerized archive system, electronic mail, task, appointment and contact management; the Authority’s official Internet site; data systems for managing investigations (AGATHA) which is used by the Enforcement Department; the electronic reporting system (MAGNA) which is used by all those reporting on the capital market, the general public and the employees of the Authority; the operating system which includes most of the information on the various subjects handled by the Authority — information about corporations, mutual funds, investment counsel and portfolio managers, trading figures, trading supervision and identifying unusual phenomena (in the course of developing the interface for receiving information from the Stock Exchange), data which is used for economic research and bookkeeping information;
additional systems for special assignments.
Another field which is handled by the department is infrastructures and infrastructure software: the purchase and maintenance of personal computers and relevant shelf software, the purchase and maintenance of servers, the internal communications network and external lines of communication, including lines for internet suppliers and a line that
connects the offices in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, and allows full sharing of information in all systems between the offices at the different sites; data security of all the systems; telephone communications, telephone lines and switchboards; operating and providing service for printers; the supply and installation of disposable equipment of all kinds, etc..
The Department includes six employees of the Authority; some of the activities are carried out by means of outsourcing.