Digital Forensics is digital detective work and requires specialist knowledge and digital tools to be able to dig into the digital past of a criminal organisation or any other type of business. E-discovery is about finding links and patterns in vast quantities of electronic documents and e-mails.
The lectorate focuses on applied research aimed at the work field of digital experts in the police, criminal investigation services and the business community (e-discovery). A second focus area of the research is finding traces in open internet sources: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). A third and final research focus is on traces which are stored or created by smart devices which form part of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). The lectorate takes the results of the applied research and includes them in its teaching and in applications for the partners we work with in the field.
The IoT Forensic Lab, which is also housed on the HSD Campus, is where digital forensic research is done, aimed mainly at the Internet of Things. This lab is also used for practical training on forensic ICT as part of our Informatics Bachelor degree programme and custom-designed training courses.
The main reason for being in The Hague is essentially the presence of the HSD which in itself creates a great network in the field of digital research. Many of the partners with whom we do joint research are based in and around The Hague.
The HSD Campus is a great community which includes us in a network of organisations all with the same goal: improving the body of knowledge on forensic ICT.
Hans Henseler has been part-time lector at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden since August 2016. He is also senior advisor to the Digital and Biometric Traces division of the Netherlands Forensic Institute, a member of the Board of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts and chairman of the Board of Directors of DFRWS.
Hans studied Computer Science at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and was awarded his PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis on the subject of Artificial Neural Networks. In 1992 while working at the Forensic Laboratory he became a pioneer in the field of forensic ICT. After which he moved to the commercial sector.
Since then he has worked for various companies, including ZyLAB, PWC, Fox-IT, Tracks Inspector and Magnet Forensics, where he gained experience in the development of software, leading digital forensics laboratories as well as national and international E-Discovery projects, and advising companies in the area of digital evidence in fraud investigations.
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