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Mike Spence

Masters (Hons), BSc (Hons), CISSP

Mike SpenceMike has over 35 years of international management experience in the IT industry. This has been gained in New Zealand, UK, Australia and Switzerland.

Prior to the formation of deCipher, Mike's roles included the 'Coordination of Computerisation in the Criminal Justice System' (CCCJS) in the UK, and as head of NZ Police IT Security Systems for the APEC meeting of 21 world leaders held in Auckland, New Zealand. Held in 1999, this was the largest security event of its type ever hosted in the southern hemisphere. During his role as a senior IT manager with the NZ Police, Mike established the northern region computer forensics department.

Mike holds a Masters Degree with Honours in Forensic IT and an Honours Degree in Computer Science. He is a member of the New Zealand Information Security Forum and the New Zealand Security Association. Mike holds advanced Encase and FTK forensic software certification and is guest lecturer in Digital Forensics at the University of Auckland.


Sue Spence

MSc, BSc (Hons), Diploma in Accounting, Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Sue SpenceSue has extensive international experience as an information and statistical consultant, having worked in New Zealand, UK, Switzerland, Australia and Luxembourg.

Prior to the formation of deCipher, her consultancy roles included undertaking company research with the European Union, data mining and statistical analysis in the banking, publishing and marketing industries, and clinical trials analysis with major European pharmaceutical companies.

Sue holds a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Statistics, a Masters Degree in Information Studies and a Diploma in Accounting. She is a Fellow of The Royal Statistical Society and a member of the Association of Football Statisticians.

Sue is a highly skilled digital forensics analyst holding certification in the leading computer forensic tools Encase and FTK.


Digital Forensics

Collection and Analysis of Electronic Evidence

  • Theft of Intellectual Property
  • Employee Misconduct
  • Fraud

Assistance with Search Warrants and Search Orders (formerly Anton Piller Orders)

Password Recovery

Expert Witness Services

Electronic Discovery

IT Consultancy for Legal Purposes