Innovation in Forensics and Cybersecurity

Forensic investigations are used in various situations, such as accidents, burglaries, murders and sexual offences. Although high-quality tools already exist from renowned suppliers, such as Projectina, Forenscope and Labino, there is a need for new products that can offer missing functionalities. Many forensic investigators have been working with the same tools and procedures for a long time, creating the risk of tunnel vision.

To stimulate innovations, it is important to be open to out-of-the-box ideas and a fresh perspective. By engaging with forensic investigators and asking critical questions, students can help identify missing tools and develop new solutions. It is essential to consider feasibility, durability and ease of use when developing these products.

A specific area where innovation is needed concerns the development of an ultimate forensic magnifying glass. Currently, various specialist magnifiers are used, but there is no model yet that combines all the desired properties in a handy format. By conducting market and user research, the specific needs of organisations such as the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Aliens Police and the RDW can be identified. Questions regarding light sources, magnifications, storage options and ergonomics must be answered in order to develop a distinctive product.

In addition, the Centre for Security and Digitisation (CVD) is working on setting up a hacklab. This lab offers students the opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity and experiment with the latest technologies. The collaboration with partners such as the Police, Defence and data-driven companies such as Achmea can provide valuable insights into needs and innovative technologies. It is also important to explore how the hacklab can become financially self-reliant through sustainable business models.

All in all, this assignment offers students the opportunity to collaborate with leading partners in the field of digital security and contribute to innovations in forensics and cybersecurity.

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):