Robert Larsen — Experienced Network Architect / Consultant    (Wellington, New Zealand)

Email : rob (at) larsenconsulting (dot) net

Latest Network/Security Related News and Useful Articles           Last updated: 9 December 2019 

  • Iranian wiper discovered in attacks on Middle Eastern companies.  [Ars Technica]
  • SD-WAN squares and perplexing pegs.  [Networking Nerd]
  • 4 reasons to not use the "Big 3" cloud providers.  [ITPro Today]
  • You still need a networking engineer for a successful cloud deployment.  [ipSpace]
  • Controlling BGP convergence time.  [ipSpace]
  • Russian state hacker crew caught uploading malware to Google Play Store.  [The Register]
  • Iranian hacking crew is targeting industrial control systems.  [Wired]
  • The NSA warns of TLS inspection.  [Schneier]  [NSA PDF]
  • Suspect can’t be compelled to reveal “64-character” password.  [Ars Technica]  [Engadget]
  • Iran letter raises prospect of 'white list' internet clampdown.  [BBC News]
A more comprehensive list of news and useful articles can be found here.

Executive Summary

I have over 30 years' experience in the IT industry, most of which has been spent in networking/telecoms in the UK and Europe, where I’ve worked in varied roles such as technical consulting, network design/architecture, pre-sales support, operational support and software engineering/development.  In 2008, I emigrated to New Zealand, where I am based in the Wellington region.

My experience has been gained in a wide range of organisations, from start-ups, through enterprises and to large service providers and telcos.  I have worked in both team environments and on an individual and independent basis.

My background has a strong hands-on element to it, and as such I get satisfaction from being able to test a design in a lab to prove that it will work before deployment in a production environment.  To back this up, I have over 20 years experience with Cisco’s IOS, routers and switches, as well as more than 14 years experience with Juniper’s JUNOS, routers and NetScreen firewalls.

I very much enjoy customer-facing roles since no two customers are alike, and so the variety this gives is always a challenge that I am keen to take on.  Taking part in in-depth technical discussions with customers forms a key part of being able to fully understand their requirements, which is essential to being able to deliver a successful solution.

More Information

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