Laura Chappell

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Laura Chappell is an American researcher and educator. She is best known as the founder of Chappell University, Wireshark University and the WCNA Certification program (formerly known as the Wireshark Certified Network Analyst program). She has authored several publications on Wireshark including:

Laura Chappell's career began in 1989 at Novell, Inc., where she developed an interest in newly emergent Internet and networking technology. She subsequently worked as a road show presenter and course developer.

In October 1993, she founded her first company, the Protocol Analysis Institute, where has served as a Senior Protocol and Security Analyst and creator of the WCNA Certification program, while also delivering presentations and trainings on network forensics for the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA).

In December 2006, Ms. Chappell founded Wireshark University, which provides a variety of training modalities, including onsite, self-paced, recorded and web-based formats. In January 2009, Ms. Chappell founded Chappell University, which has a broader focus, training networking professionals in the use of a variety of TCP/IP topics and tools.

In April 2019, Ms. Chappell renamed the Wireshark Certified Network Analyst certification program to the "WCNA Certification program" after Riverbed (owner of the Wireshark project) decided to "monetize Wireshark assets" and license out the Wireshark University name.[1]


  1. ^ "Wireshark Certification Hits Fork in the Road | Articles". Retrieved 2019-07-01.