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: 21 November 2018 

  • A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails... but not today.  [The Register]
  • Policy at the edge.  [Russ White]
  • Spectre patches whack Intel performance hard with Linux 4.20 kernel.  [ExtremeTech]
  • Blackout for thousands of dark web pages.  [BBC News]
  • Using a free VPN? Skip the middleman and send your data direct to China.  [The Register]
  • What happened to cyber-911?  [Schneier]
  • A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing.  [The Register]
  • Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks.  [Ars Technica]  [The Register]  [Schneier]  [HardOCP]  [ZDNet]
  • How a hacker obtained Motorola source code with a few phone calls.  [HardOCP]  [Motherboard YouTube]
  • No One Wants to Talk About How Completely We Were Lied to.  [ExtremeTech]
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

  • For the latest full version of my CV, please click here.
    • Have a look at my networks sub-domain for some (hopefully) useful network-related information.  I keep this updated on pretty much a daily basis.