Philip Smith

Senior Network Engineer

Philip Smith has been working in the Internet industry since the early 1990s after catching the Internet bug in the mid 1980s while at University. He runs his own consulting company, PFS Internet Development.

Philip spends some of his time working for the Network Startup Resource Centre as a Senior Network Engineer and Training Coordinator, assisting with Network Operations Groups coordination, and providing network design assistance and training around the Pacific, South and South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

9.00 - 17.00 Workshop

Workshop 19-23 Sep

Routing Infrastructure and Security Operations Workshop

Goals / objectives

This five-day training course teaches the skills required for the configuration of scalable and secure routing, as well as best practice operation of the networks making up today's Internet.

Participants in this course will learn more about:


  • BGP Best Practices, including Aggregation
  • BGP Multihoming techniques (redundancy and load balancing)
  • BGP Communities as used by Network Operators
  • BGP Security Operations Best Practices
  • Remotely Triggered Black Hole Filtering
  • Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding
  • Route Origin Validation using the RPKI 


Workshop participants must be currently using BGP in their network, or planning to deploy BGP on existing external connections.

Workshop participants must be proficient with a router command line interface, have a good understanding of OSPF or IS-IS, as well as experience with using BGP in an operational network.

This workshop is not an introduction.

The lab exercises use Cisco IOS configuration syntax.

Participants must also have reviewed the Video Tutorials at learn.nsrc.org, specifically those covering:


Technical Requirements


Participants laptops/PCs must have:

  • a modern web browser installed (Chrome/Firefox/Safari/Opera)