Robert Larsen — Network & Security Architect / Consultant (Wellington, New Zealand)

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.

Latest News / Useful Articles Updated: 22 September 2021 —

  • IS-IS flooding details. [ipSpace]

  • Ransomware victims panicked while FBI secretly held REvil decryption key [Ars Technica]

  • Thoughts on the collapsed spine. [Russ White]

  • Epik data breach impacts 15 million users, including non-customers. [Ars Technica]

  • Does your organisation have a security.txt file? [Krebs]

  • A new app helps Iranians hide messages in plain sight. [Ars Technica]

  • Google is getting caught in the anti-trust net. [Ars Technica]

  • Route replication the easy way. [Lost in Transit]

  • LSA/LSP flooding in OSPF and IS-IS. [ipSpace]

  • Anonymous leaks gigabytes of data from alt-right web host Epik. [Ars Technica]

A more comprehensive list of news and useful articles can be found here.

More Information

  • For the latest full version of my CV, please click here.

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  • Have a look at my networks sub-domain for some (hopefully) useful network- and security-related news and information. I keep this updated on pretty much a daily basis.

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