Volunteer since 2003 in the areas of Training and Certification
When Bruce attended the BCFE conference in 2003, it was at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte Springs, Orlando. Due to the number of students, the class was split into two separate rooms, and there was one computer with a CRT monitor shared between two students. This did not stop Bruce from appreciating the training that was delivered and how the layers were peeled back right down to the zeros and ones. After gaining his CFCE, Bruce was quickly recruited as a peer review coach by his colleague, Brent Whale, who was the IACIS Regional Manager Pacific Rim for the peer review process at the time.
As a peer review coach, Bruce spent many hours into his evenings, manually marking students’ 100-question exams for the CFCE qualification. He found it rewarding to see others pass this process, knowing that they had spent hours and hours of study to get to that point. Although Moodle has now automated much of the scoring element for the CFCE, Bruce misses that feeling of satisfaction when marking the last question to an exam and knowing that the candidate has now achieved the CFCE.
Bruce is a Customs Technical Specialist with the New Zealand Customs Service, undertaking digital forensic examinations in relation to the importation of drugs, child sexual abuse material and prohibited goods. He is the IACIS chair for the Computer Forensic Real World Class and the Regional Manager Pacific Rim for the peer review process. In his spare time, Bruce chases his kids around the soccer field, takes his mountain bike for a trek through the forest, or heads to the pristine waters of New Zealand for a fish. He is a self-admitted addict for Coke Zero, which is always the first step to recovery.