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: 14 October 2019 

  • New reductor nation-state malware compromises TLS.  [Schneier]  [Kaspersky]
  • IPv6 backscatter and address space scanning.  [Russ White]
  • MFA isn't perfect, but that's not a reason to not use it.  [Bitdefender]
  • Twitter transgression proves why its flawed 2FA system is such a privacy trap.  [Ars Technica]
  • Ransomware victim hacks attacker, turning the tables by stealing decryption keys.  [Tripwire]
  • FBI violated Americans’ privacy by abusing access to NSA surveillance data.  [The Verge]  [Ars Technica]  [The Register]
  • How to build an agile future-proof network.  [Network Computing]
  • A short history of TCP vs BBR.  [Packet Pushers]
  • IPv6 backscatter and address space scanning.  [Russ White]
  • VMware NSX killed my EVPN fabric.  [ipSpace]
  • The billion dollar scam to build an Arctic submarine cable.  [The Verge]  [Bloomberg]
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.
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    • 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.