Email : rob (at) larsenconsulting (dot) net
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- 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]
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.