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: 20 July 2017 

  • FCC now says there is no documented analysis of the cyberattack.  [Gizmodo]
  • Let's harden Internet crypto so quantum computers can't crack it.  [The Register]  [Wired]
  • China's 'future-proof' crypto.  [The Register]
  • More on the NSA's use of traffic shaping.  [Schneier]  [TCF]  [Russ White]
  • Using geolocation in Firepower access control policies.  [PacketU]
  • White House endorses FCC chair Ajit Pai's quest to kill Net Neutrality.  [Gizmodo]
  • Tools for TE with EIGRP.  [Packet Mischief]
  • Ethernet getting back on the Moore's Law track.  [Russ White]  [TheNextPlatform]
  • Petya cyber-attack still disrupting firms weeks later.  [BBC News]
  • Leaked memo says hackers may have compromised UK power plants.  [Engadget]
  • Quantum computing could make today's encryption obsolete.  [DC Knowledge]
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 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.