I have been an IT professional for the past 5 years now where my focus has been on Software development. I would however like to get into the field of Security. The idea is to complement my programming skills with hands on knowledge of the IT security sector. In doing my research I came across the EC-Council's CEH certification and got interested. I have read several comments that state that the certification is a good starting point to get my feet wet. I have also read that the material covered is outdated and that a lot of the exploits no longer work. I think the negative review was in reference to v4 which has since been through 2 iterations.
So I am at a cross roads and would like some help to make an informed decision. I would like to do the course and am leaning towards a classroom/bootcamp setup.
The question I have is where should I do this course? I have narrowed it down to the InfoSec Institute and the ChicagoCon and have been in contact with the former. Their instructors seem to be the best with names like Jack Koziol, Dan Hestad, Bryce Galbraith, Andres Andreu, Trevor Hawthorn,and Nate Miller being bandied about. I have also been looking at the ChicagoCon and that seems to be very interesting.
So help me make a decision