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Wednesday, 10 March 2010 23:13

WireShark, the book


Laura Chappell's definitive book on Wireshark will be available in less than three weeks.

Titled "Wireshark Network Analysis" and touted as "The Official Wireshark Certified Network Analyst Exam Study Guide," this 800-page monster is all you will ever need to understand the analysis of networking protocols and the data they carry.

The book's table of contents alone runs to 20 pages and shows that the book covers topics as diverse as "how to "Create and Apply Capture Filters," to "Create and Apply Display Filters" and even to "Use Wireshark's Expert System."  And that's just the first half of the book; much of the remainder deals with the analysis of a variety of protocols including DNS, ARP, UDP, TCP, FTP and VoIP (to name a few).

who is Laura Chappell and why is she qualified to write this book?

According to her bio, Laura Chappell is the Founder of Wireshark University ( and Chappell University ( and a self-admitted "packet geek" as well as a highly-energetic speaker and author of numerous industry titles on network communications, analysis and security. Nicknamed "Glenda, the Good Witch," Laura has presented to thousands of State, Federal and international law enforcement officers, judicial members, engineers, network administrators, technicians and developers.

Ms. Chappell is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and an Associate Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) since 1989. Her blend of humor, personal experiences, energy and clarity have earned her a top spot as an industry speaker at Microsoft, Novell, Hewlett-Packard, High Technology Crime Investigation Association and US Court conferences.

In 2007, Ms. Chappell founded Wireshark University, an educational firm devoted to teaching the art of wiretapping/communications interception, network forensics, digital deception and decoys, traceback and reconnaissance.

So, how do we buy this mighty tome?

Coming a little more than a year after Fyodor's book "NMAP Network Scanning", this is a perfectly complimentary volume to round out the bookshelf of any budding network analyst.

Priced at $US99.95, the book is available for pre-ordering from a number of locations.  Visiting those sites suggests (yet to be confirmed) that author-signed copies will be available.  Currently, the estimated release date is March 29th.

In addition, those ordering pages display an image of the book's front cover.  The cover shows a stylised map of the world; that does not include New Zealand.  When iTWire quizzed Ms Chappell about this, she responded that "We couldn't put New Zealand on the cover as the Tourism Board stated they didn't want more geeks invading the area once they saw how fabulous it was! "

One can only assume she was joking!

In reviewing an advanced copy of the book, Gerald Comb, the original developer of Wireshark commented When you first lifted this book, feeling your back strain under its enormous weight, your first thoughts probably were "How am I going to get through this? Is there really that much to Wireshark? Where's the pain reliever? How many of these protocols are there? Is protocol analysis that important?

To answer your questions in order'¦

You'll get through this because Laura is the best instructor I've ever met. Each time I've had the opportunity to see her teach I've been impressed with her ability to convey the most arcane technical details in an easy-going, down to earth way. She has a unique talent for making protocol analysis accessible (and even fun). This book continues that style.

Recipients of the pre-release email were provided with an order code for a 35% discount on advance orders.  Readers who are very nice to iTWire may ask for a copy of it.  Note that we have not received an advanced copy of the book, but hope to write a review when a copy becomes available.


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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.



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