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: 13 December 2017 

  • German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage.  [BBC News]
  • The Wired guide to digital security.  [Wired]
  • Hypocrisy at the FCC and the illusion of transparency.  [Engadget]
  • New group of hackers targeting banks around the world.  [HardOCP]  [Bloomberg]
  • HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger.  [BBC News]  [Graham Cluley]  [Hexus]  [HardOCP]  [Github Blog]  [THG]  [ExtremeTech]
  • SIS criticised by government watchdog over 'unlawfully accessing' information.  [Stuff]
  • FBI director again laments strong encryption in remarks to Congress.  [Ars Technica]
  • How to reclaim your digital privacy from online tracking.  [Lifehacker]
  • Netflix is watching you watching.  [HardOCP]  [Netflix Twitter]
  • How email open tracking quietly took over the web.  [Wired]
  • China’s all-seeing state.  [BBC News]
  • NETCONF/YANG for SR OS and IOS XR.  [Karneliuk]
  • Dim fibre.  [Russ White]  [ECI Telecom]
  • APIs and networking: three use cases.  [Network Computing]
  • Moving complexity to the application layer?  [ipSpace]
  • Net Neutrality protests move online, yet big tech is quiet.  [HardOCP]  [NYT]
  • What network neutrality madness has happened today?  [The Register]
  • Senators make last ditch effort to halt the FCC's net neutrality vote.  [Engadget]
  • FCC offers no data for latest claim that net neutrality hurt small ISPs.  [Ars Technica]
  • FCC plan to kill Net Neutrality could hurt students.  [Wired]
  • Expect fewer startups if the FCC kills Net Neutrality.  [Wired]
  • FCC commissioner trolls Ajit Pai with net neutrality ‘suggested edits.’  [The Verge]
  • FCC explains how net neutrality will be protected without net neutrality rules.  [Ars Technica]
  • FCC chair still refuses to help investigate net neutrality comment fraud.  [Ars Technica]
  • Break the Internet on 12/12.  [HardOCP]  [Common Dreams]  [THG]
  • Tech pioneers tell FCC: 'You don't understand how the internet works.'  [Engadget]  [HardOCP]  [PFNN]  [Ars Technica]  [The Register]
  • Ajit Pai jokes with Verizon exec about him being a “puppet” FCC chair.  [Ars Technica]  [Engadget]  [HardOCP]  [Washington Post]
  • Battle of the Infinibands.  [Russ White]  [TNP]
  • VXLAN designs.  [Russ White]  [Cumulus Networks: part 1]
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.