I got out of the British Army 2 years ago after having been in for 10 years. For that time I was just a regular PC user at work, but for the last 2 years in, and the 2 years since, I've been really interested in network security and hacking.
My resettlement training was pretty crap, with no real qualifications or certification and I managed to stumble into a helpdesk job purely from the fact I have security clearance!
In the last 4 years I've been studying on my own in view of moving into security / pen-testing, but I have no idea about how to go about this.
I've been a regular at 2600 meetings and have been using backtrack since it was Auditor, but my experience is still limited.
My current job is as a helpdesk bod on a nationwide network running unix, linux and windows, but I have NO chance of moving into the security side of it as that's all done from the states.
Any courses / certification will have to be self funded, as my employers won't pay for anything that has (in their oppinion) nothing to do with my job!
Essential, what I'm asking is, What are the best certifications to go for for someone starting at the very bottom, and how much will they actually influence me getting a job in that field?
Any help on this would be greatly received.