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 February 2017 

  • Search engines to 'demote' pirate websites.  [BBC News]  [The Register]
  • Do we really need a new Internet?  [Russ White]  [CircleID]
  • Duqu malware techniques used by cybercriminals.  [Schneier]  [SecureList]  [Ars Technica]
  • Want to protect your data at the border? Delete it.  [The Verge]
  • UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors.  [The Register]
  • GPS act aims to stop warrantless smartphone tracking done with cell-site simulators.  [THG]
  • The privacy enthusiast's guide to using Android.  [Lifehacker]
  • Three questions you should avoid asking in a job interview.  [Lifehacker]  [The Muse]
  • Data centre locations: In the city or up the country?  [DC Knowledge]
  • Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now.  [The Register]
A more comprehensive list of news and useful articles can be found here.

Executive Summary

I have over 25 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 have permanent residence status and 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.