I mentioned in my first article that I was starting on a journey to better understand the security landscape and learn how security techniques and tools are used to protect systems. Soon after I published, I went off to look for a good training course that:
Provided a clear path and not a jumbled mesh of topics
Offered relevant techniques based on discussions I had with security people
Had positive feedback in the community
Had a good support structure
Offered flexibility in terms of schedule (i.e., self-paced)
Having a structured curriculum was a key factor in my choice.
I just finished your blog post. One question though: where/what industry are you looking to work in? My background is DoD so I tend to look at 8570 to see what the baseline certifications are and work from there for certifications and training to pursue. And yes, it has been my experience that for somethings, you cannot beat hands on.