Network Traffic Analysis Tool Evaluation


Learning Objectives and Outcomes
  • Describe the capabilities of several sniffers and other network analysis tools.
  • Identify tools to add to a forensics toolkit.
Assignment Requirements

You are an experienced employee of the DigiFirm Investigation Company. DigiFirm experienced strong profits last quarter. Company executives have increased the operating budget for the rest of the year and expressed an interested in adding network traffic analysis tools to the lab.

There are several sniffers and other tools available for traffic analysis, including:

  • Tcpdump and WinDump
  • Wireshark
  • HTTPSniffer
  • Nmap
  • Snort

Chris, your team leader, needs your assistance in selecting two (new) tools that would be a good addition to the lab’s forensics toolkit.

For this assignment:

  1. Research the list of sniffers and other network analysis tools.
  2. Write a proposal in which you describe the capabilities of each tool (above).
  3. Recommend two tools for the lab and justify your recommendations. Discuss the capabilities. 
Required Resources
  • Course textbook
  • Internet access
Submission Requirements
  • Format: Microsoft Word
  • Font: Arial, size 12, double-space
  • Citation Style: IEEE
  • Length: 12 pages
Self-Assessment Checklist
  • I researched the list of sniffers and other network analysis tools.
  • I wrote a proposal that describes all of the tools I researched.
  • I selected two tools that I think would be good additions to the DigiFirm lab and justified my recommendations.
  • I created a professional, well-developed report with proper documentation, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.