Well, I'm in a somewhat similar position. I'm actually federal sector, but I'm 1 week from taking my CCNA, just finished up ccna3 and 4 classes. Next I'm grabbing my Security +, Network +, and CEH. The CISSP is also a good one to look into, as it is widely accepted and respected. I'm gunning toward network security management, so I am splitting up certs in both the security and networking arenas. I already took the classes for the A+ and Linux +.. so I will probably end up getting those too. The comp TIA certs arn't overly impressive, but at least they don't expire and you don't have to worry about them too much. From what I have heard the CEH is growing in acceptance. It is definately rather popular... quite possibly due to the name alone. CISSP is a solid security cert that looks good to management though, and is worth looking into.
"Bad.. Good? I'm the guy with the gun"