Digital Investigative Software Supplier Magnet Forensics has Opened an Office at HSD Campus

03 Oct 2018
Author: HSD Foundation

Deputy Mayor of The Hague, Saskia Bruines officially welcomed Magnet Forensics during the Cyber Security Week in The Hague. This global leader in digital investigative software from Canada has recently opened their European headquarter at the HSD Campus. 


Next step in investigating digital evidence

Magnet Forensics creates solutions that helps with evidence collection, processing, review and case management. Their complete digital investigation platform recovers digital evidence from the most sources, including smartphones, cloud services, computers, IoT devices and third-party images.


Founder Jad Saliba first worked as a Digital Forensics Examiner where he faced many challenges with finding important evidence on a suspect’s computer. Facing this new challenge head on, Saliba set out to find a solution that would help him, and others, recover relevant data faster. In 2011, together with Adam Belsher, they launched Magnet Forensics. Since then, the company has rapidly grown to include a team of global employees who work on a variety of software solutions that empower law enforcement agencies and companies around the world to fight crime, protect assets and guard national security. Magnet Forensics tools are used by over 4,000 agencies in 93 countries.


Acquisition of Tracks Inspector

Earlier this year, Magnet Forensics announced the acquisition of The Hague based Tracks Inspector. With this acquisition Magnet Forensics added a robust review platform for non-technical stakeholders of an investigation to its product portfolio. Tracks Inspector offers an intuitive, web-based platform that puts digital investigations into the hands of detectives who have knowledge of the case but aren’t necessarily digital forensics specialists. It enables investigators to conduct an early case assessment and identify the data and devices relevant to the case. This approach enables the forensic unit to focus on targeted forensic analysis.


The office of Magnet Forensics Europe will be located at the HSD Campus in The Hague, the current home base of HSD partner Tracks Inspector BV. This office will become Magnet Forensics' new European headquarters, including a technical department providing new jobs in the near future.


“With customers, sales teams and reseller partners all over Europe, we’re excited to be part of HSD and make it our new corporate headquarters in Europe,” says Adam Belsher, CEO, Magnet Forensics. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be in The Hague, and benefit from the proximity it provides to our customers and partners.”


“Cyber security is vital to community and organisation safety and we are incredibly honoured to be recognized for our role in this pursuit,” said Jad Saliba, Founder & CTO, Magnet Forensics. “Being welcomed by The Hague, InnovationQuarter and The Hague Security Delta is an honour for Magnet Forensics, as we work tirelessly to provide organizations and law enforcement the tools they need to work through cases faster and with even more accuracy.”


Soft Landing programme

Prior to settling in The Hague, and acquiring Tracks Inspector, Magnet Forensics has participated in a Soft Landing programme. This is a company exchange programme between greater Ottawa region and the greater Rotterdam-The Hague area. The programme is specifically designed for mature cyber security companies with the aim of internationalisation and setting up a company. Participants of the programme receive support in terms of mentoring, introductions, temporary office space and media promotion. Magnet Forensics has proven to be a great participant and was supported by the Canadian Embassy, Invest Ottawa, The Chamber of Commerce, The Hague Security Delta and InnovationQuarter.


Chris van Voorden, InnovationQuarter’s head of Foreign Investments: “Although the Soft Landing programme was not designed to facilitate mergers and acquisitions, in this case Magnet Forensics and Tracks Inspector benefit from Magnet’s acquisition. Magnet Forensics will expand business in The Hague by increasing sales and hiring new employees. At the same time I am proud that Dutch forensics software will now have a global reach through Magnet’s global networks.”

HSD Partners involved