About Us

Wireshark University was co-founded by Gerald Combs, creator of Wireshark, and Laura Chappell, founder of Chappell University.

The History of Wireshark

In 1997, Gerald Combs was lugging around a Snifferâ„¢ portable at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
At his next job at a small ISP the budget limited his tools to tcpdump and snoop. Etherealâ„¢ (version 0.2.0) was born in August 1998. Due to a trademark issue, development efforts moved to Wireshark in June 2006.

In 2002, Laura was producing the first "Laura's Lab Kit CD" to be distributed at global conferences. She contacted Gerald to ask permission to include Ethereal and, at one of the first conferences that year, publicly declared that she would uninstall all the commercial tools on her laptops to see if Wireshark could replace those tools. She never looked back.

Wireshark University Begins

Laura kept in contact with Gerald and pushed Ethereal/Wireshark to the limits. Over the years, Laura continued to emphasize that every IT professional should learn Wireshark to effectively (and affordably) troubleshoot and secure TCP/IP networks. After numerous discussions with Gerald, Wireshark University was founded in March 2007.

Wireshark University is dedicated to establishing the Wireshark Certified Network Analyst as a major player in the IT industry. In December 2011, the WCNA certification was ranked #4 in the Top 5 Networking Certifications. Read more...

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New! Troubleshooting with Wireshark!

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The new Troubleshooting with Wireshark book includes over 100 hands-on labs and step-by-step details to troubleshoot your network faster.

Available in hardcopy and Kindle formats through Amazon. For more information, visit wiresharkbook.com.

Wireshark 101

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Wireshark 101: Essential Skills for Network Analysis includes 46 hands-on labs and details on the most important tasks to master.

Available in hardcopy and Kindle formats through Amazon. For more information, visit wiresharkbook.com.

 


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