To start out, I am a IT Systems Spec. in the Army, nearing my 4 year mark. Currently studying up for Network+ and Security+ so I can take them once I get back from Iraq (<50 days left out here). Besides that, I plan on getting my CCNA and CCDA within the next year. And hopefully progress to my CCNP/CCDP within a very short time after that, and getting both CCIE's prior to me getting out. My first question for advice is where should i fit in CEH or any other classes/cert's in for pen testing. I'm trying not to make me getting CEH a big fuss with the Army (they don't like the fact of hackers in the Army.....). And also wondering if it would be worth taking CISSP, although I'm not trying t mainly focus my career on security.
Second thing I am wondering about, is a good reputable on-line college/university for networking degrees (associates/bachelors/masters, i haven't had time to look due to work load out here..... long story with that). And unfortunately, yes it has to be on-line. My next duty station, White House Communications Agency, will have me traveling 180 days/year.
I would very appreciate any help or advice with anything regarding careers in pen testing or networking (engineer/design) that is out of the Army.