An introduction to Hansken

Digital data and deduced digital traces play a continuously growing role in investigations and the furnishing of proof in crime cases. The volume, variety and variation of this data grow rapidly. As a result, there is a serious shortage of digital forensic knowledge and a growing need for new knowledge to handle this growth.

Why Hansken?

Hansken is designed to give access to and insight in digital data and traces originating from seized and demanded material. Since 2012, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) has been developing a prototype to provide Digital Forensics as a Service (DFaaS). In recent years, parts of this platform have been rolled out and successfully applied at the Dutch National Police and the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service, amongst others.

Hansken has proven itself in supporting over hundreds of crime cases and withstood a profound judicial review.

Introducing Hansken

Not all that long ago, detectives would conduct cases based on research they collected from a number of files.

Mowadays, the increasing number of sources connected to the average forensic investigation could fill fifteen trucks full of paper.

Obviously, any detective would struggle to get through this hugh amount of data.

The first fourty-eight hours in an investigation are crucial. The amount of data increases along with the number of sources and the complexity per source. Our solution: Hansken.

A system that can store large quantities and diverse data easily from different sources. All data is stored, indexed, enriched, and made rapidly searchable; a big help in solving cases.

With Hansken, we minimize the turnaround time and can combine as many sources as needed to dig up the correct facts by applying all the knowledge of the Netherlands Forensic Institute.

Hansken is designed to defend against cyber attacks, and privacy is safeguarded in the best possible way. Hansken is highly accessible to its users, and offers quality output.

Hansken isn’t just a vision, it’s a reality.

It processes three terabytes per hour while applying full forensic analysis, and it’s easy to scale

It’s our ambition to keep improving Hansken, so that it can find more traces and expand its analytic powers.

This way, we can analyse more types of crimes and present the results in increasingly savvy ways.