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Practical Packet Analysis, 3E: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems by [Chris Sanders]

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Practical Packet Analysis, 3E: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems 3rd Edition, Kindle Edition

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"If you are looking for a comprehensive guide on Wireshark, I highly recommend this book. It goes into great detail about reading pcap files and even has example files that you can download and examine yourself. Its technically written like a textbook but with much more laidback and easy to understand feel."
―Cyber Intellect

“The book is clearly written and is both an easy read and a valuable resource for when you have to do packet analysis.”
―Paul Baccas

Praise for Practical Packet Analysis:

“A wealth of information. Smart, yet very readable, and honestly made me excited to read about packet analysis.”
―Lauren Malhoit, TechRepublic

“Well written, insightful, thorough, and practical, this book will be valuable to anyone wanting to understand and analyze network traffic. Even if you're starting from scratch, you're likely to love this book.”
―Computer World

“I'd recommend this book to junior network analysts, software developers, and the newly minted CSE/CISSP/etc.―folks that just need to roll up their sleeves and get started troubleshooting network (and security) problems.”
―Gunter Ollmann, Chief Technical Officer of IOActive, Technical Info

“The next time I investigate a slow network, I'll turn to Practical Packet Analysis. That's perhaps the best praise I can offer on any technical book.”
―Michael W. Lucas, author of Absolute FreeBSD and Network Flow Analysis

“An essential book if you are responsible for network administration on any level.”
―James Pyles, Linux Pro Magazine

“I recommend this book to folks that aren’t Wireshark experts. (Even those who have plenty of Wireshark experience may pick up a new trick or two.)”
―Jim Clausing, SANS Internet Storm Center Diary

"An excellent jump-start for novices."
―Jeremy Stretch,

“This book really scores in the step-by-step analysis of typical networking problems and how you need to interpret the captured packets.”
―Network Security Newsletter

“It makes a great addition for someone in the one-to-three year range of their career. Whether this career is security-centric, network administration, or simply as a hobbyist, Chris Sanders made great work of keeping things simple yet informative for his readers.”
―J. Oquendo, The Ethical Hacker Network

“Stands out as a book that's a very useful learning resource, and one that makes the learning process a lot of fun.”
―Peter N.M. Hansteen, author of The Book of PF

“Very informative. It does a great job of giving readers what they need to know to do packet analysis and then jumps right in with vivid real life examples of what to do with Wireshark.”
―Daniel Boland,

“Are there unknown hosts chatting away with each other? Is my machine talking to strangers? You need a packet sniffer to really find the answers to these questions. Wireshark is one of the best tools to do this job and this book is one of the best ways to learn about that tool.”
―Brian Turner, Free Software Magazine

“Perfect for the beginner to intermediate.”
―Daemon News

“A critically important addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Computer Science collections.”
―Midwest Book Review

"If you want to understand Wireshark, it is the best book on the market, and it’s from the greatest publisher of technical books, No Starch Press. The book really digs into the details of Wireshark and teaches a lot of tips and tricks to make your life easier when performing packet analysis on large chunks of data. I highly recommend picking this book up either to read or just to keep as a handy reference guide. I have multiple copies of it on my shelf, and frequently recommend it to my students."
―Tyler Reguly, Tripwire

"A great read."
―Keith Hoodlet, @securingdev
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Chris Sanders is a computer security consultant, researcher, and educator. He is the author of Applied Network Security Monitoring and blogs regularly at Chris uses packet analysis daily to catch bad guys and find evil. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B06XX74R1X
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ No Starch Press; 3rd edition (30 March 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 57558 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 370 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 159 ratings

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Chris Sanders is an information security author, trainer, and researcher originally from Mayfield, KY now living in Gainesville, GA.

He is the founder of Applied Network Defense, a company focused on delivering high quality, accessible information security training. In previous roles, Chris worked with the US Department of Defense, InGuardians, and Mandiant to build security operation centers and train practitioners focused on defending defense, government, and Fortune 500 networks. Chris is also the founder and director of the Rural Technology Fund, a non-profit that donates scholarships and equipment to public schools to further technical education in rural and high poverty areas. To date, the RTF has put computer science education resources into the hands of over 100,000 students in all 50 states.

Chris has authored several books and articles, including the international bestseller “Practical Packet Analysis” from No Starch Press, currently in its third edition and in seven languages, and “Applied Network Security Monitoring” from Syngress. His current research focus is on the intersection of cybersecurity and cognitive psychology with the goal of enhancing the field of infosec investigative disciplines through a better understanding of the human thought and learning processes.

Chris blogs at You can learn more about Applied Network Defense at and the RTF at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book on wireshark
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anche per chi inizia da zero con l'analisi pacchetti
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Reviewed in Canada on 28 February 2020
Great Book, but after not even 2 months of having it and keeping it in perfect condition the glue that holds it together already failed. Even worst they won't refund you for it. Not worth it for a defective product.
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