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Hansken Newsletter May 2022

Welcome to the first Hansken Newsletter! There is a lot going on around and about Hansken and the Hansken Community, so we are happy to have this new channel to share all the news with you.

The articles will cover various aspects of Hansken’s spectrum, such as trends in the world of digital forensics, specific developments in Hansken as a platform, news about Hansken materials, the growth of the Hansken Community and an events calendar. The newsletter will appear a few times a year to keep you up-to-date.

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Containerizing Hansken: first steps in modern deployment

A great milestone: Hansken takes its first steps in containers! After a number of months of preparations, Hansken is now running demo and practice environments on Kubernetes. This Hansken version has now also been made available to partner organizations, so they can experience how Hansken works in containers. One important step on the future-proof path, making it even easier to make Digital Forensic as a Service available.

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Dataport enters into a contract with Hansken: forensic software for authorities

Good news: we have a new Hansken Community member! Dataport wants to introduce the Hansken data analysis program in Germany, to support the authorities in the important task of analyzing and evaluating increasing amounts of digital evidence. Dataport will be conducting a trial with Hansken offering law enforcement agencies a six-month trial period. In addition to hardware and software, this includes German-language support. If Hansken is used for an extended period of time, it can be operated in Dataport's data center.

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Launching the Hansken kick-off course

The Hansken Academy has presented its first e-learning to the Netherlands Police Academy: "The Hansken kick-off course". On Wednesday May 11, at the Police Academy in Apeldoorn, this new e-learning course was successfully completed by 12 participants attending physically and 5 attending online. All students were very positive about the course. This is an important first step for the Hansken Academy, as more course material is already being developed. The curriculum can help Hansken users at various levels maintain their knowledge of the program and their general digital skills.

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EAFS 2022 in Stockholm: Hansken in booth 22

In this age of continuous, extensive growth of digital data, it is important to keep abreast of all ongoing developments, especially when solving crime. From May 30 to June 3, the European Academy of Forensic Science (EAFS) in Stockholm is the place to be for exploring developments in the forensic science community. This conference optimally reflects the needs of law enforcement agencies combating organized crime, terrorism and new areas of criminal activity. Hansken will be exhibiting at the conference with an extensive program at multiple levels, to present the accessibility, quality and added value of Hansken and the Hansken Community.

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Hansken Community Day - 17 May

The Hansken Community Days have now become a good tradition within the Hansken Community. On Tuesday May 17, we had a successful edition, to which we were privileged enough to welcome Martijn Egberts from the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service as a keynote speaker. He gave an interesting presentation on the added value of the Hansken platform from the point of view of justice. By using Hansken, for example, lawyers have more rapid access to the digital evidence used and are better able to assess whether it is reliable. We were able to host just under a hundred participants on this online day, including many international community members.

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Publications around and about Hansken

Where to find more information about Hansken in the public arena:

New animated film, ‘Introducing Hansken’

We recently launched a new animated film to explain the purpose of Hansken. This is the general background story to Hansken: what it is, for whom it is intended and why organizations should use it. We will be making a further series of such animated films to explain working with Hansken.

NOS tech podcast about CASE

To effectively combat criminal behavior, it is essential for investigative services and digital-forensic examiners to collaborate internationally. An international language has therefore been developed: Cyber-investigation Analysis Standard Expression (CASE). The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) is one of the founders of this worldwide language. Harm van Beek of the NFI was interviewed about CASE for the Tech podcast by NOS (Dutch news service).

Article on Hansken in Het Parool

An interview with Harm van Beek, senior digital forensic scientist and court expert at NFI, written by Paul Vugts from Het Parool (March 16, 2022). A good, substantial piece on the history of Hansken, a review of where we are now and a preview of the future. If you are interested, read the (Dutch-language) article here  (NB: behind a pay wall).

YouTube-channel: subscribe!

Do you digest information better when watching a video? Then subscribe to Hansken’s YouTube-channel! All films about Hansken are grouped there.

Introducing Hansken still animatie


Events organized or attended by Hansken:

May 30 to June 3 Hansken at the EAFS in Stockholm
June 7  DEX – multiple Hansken presentations i.e. about extraction plug-ins, at the ‘Yp’ in The Hague
June 23 Tweakers Developers Summit – Hansken presentation by Harm van Beek and Marja van Aken
October 11 and 12 Hansken Conference in The Hague (for Community members only)
December 13 Hansken Community Day (online)

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If you have any Hansken-related news to share in future newsletters, do let us know, using the Hansken contact form or by sending an email to k.siemons@nfi.nl.

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