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 May 2019 

  • US government warns China may have access to drone data.  [Engadget]
  • Chinese customers are firmly supporting Huawei after Google pulls Android license.  [The Verge]
  • Lawmakers applaud Google for revoking Huawei’s Android license.  [The Verge]
  • US spy chiefs used classified info to warn tech execs about doing business with China.  [The Verge]
  • Seven questions we still have about Huawei’s US blacklisting.  [The Verge]
  • Google revokes Huawei's Android software license.  [HEXUS]  [ExtremeTech]  [Engadget]
  • Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Xilinx all move to cut off Huawei.  [ExtremeTech]  [DC Knowledge]  [Engadget]
  • US may soften ban on Huawei to help existing users.  [Engadget]
  • Intel performance hit 5x harder than AMD after Spectre, Meltdown patches.  [ExtremeTech]
  • New speculative execution bug leaks data from Intel chips’ internal buffers.  [Ars Technica]  [Schneier]  [Stuff]
  • Global takedown shows the anatomy of a modern cybercriminal supply chain.  [Wired]
  • UK Espionage Act will crack down on British whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear.  [The Register]
  • You don't want to be a rock star.  [Networking Nerd]
  • IPv6 link local addresses.  [ipCisco]
  • EVPN use cases.  [Russ White]  [SDX Central]
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.