Wireshark-users: Re: [Wireshark-users] How widespread is sniffer talent?
From: "Donaldson Charles-MGI1064" <charlesdonaldson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 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.
Charles Donaldson

From: Chad Dailey [mailto:wireshark@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 6:26 PM
To: Community support list for Wireshark
Subject: Re: [Wireshark-users] How widespread is sniffer talent?

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.

On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 4:46 PM, Ryan Zuidema <ryan.zuidema@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
General questions,

In my IT experience I have found very few people that know/use sniffers. I'd
estimate roughly 1 in 40 IT industry pros actually know how to utilize a
tool such as Wireshark. Seems odd considering how useful it is. So to the
Wireshark community I ask the following questions:

Does your experience match my estimated ratio?

Why is a tool that's so useful not more widespread?

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