Wireshark-users: Re: [Wireshark-users] How widespread is sniffer talent?
: "Donaldson Charles-MGI1064" <charlesdonaldson@xxxxxxxxxxxx
: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:36:34 -0400
Maybe IT is too narrow of a scope. I work in product
development and use Wireshark and other network traffic analyzers to verify
and validate device interoperability and specification conformance.
Additionally, I have written proprietary or emerging protocol dissectors for
Wireshark for the same reasons. Wireshark and other sniffers have greatly
increased my knowledge of networking system operations.
I'd say your estimate is optimistic. There are plenty that can
'operate' Wireshark, though the number of folks that can actually interpret the
information in a meaningful way is probably one-half your estimate, perhaps
less. The reason the skills are not more widespread is because it's not
really taught in a formal curriculum, it requires intense self-study and
extensive experience to master.