docrice wrote:Vendor training sometimes come with the corporate appliance package purchase. My company is spotting me for Black Hat trainings this year (never done anything at Black Hat other than the Briefings). Otherwise I generally have to fund my own continuing education, requiring heavy sacrifice in other areas of life...
...which explains why my bank account is looking so lean these days. It's like walking into a dark empty closet and hearing water dripping somewhere.
On the other hand, I work at an infosec company. Expectations are pretty high. If I screw up, I get awarded some walking papers. The expensive self-investment is necessary to increase the chances of employment survival.
I've always respected that about you. Most people see a stack of SANS/GIAC certs and think you're wealthy or have a company with an insane training budget. You've got an amazing attitude.
The day you stop learning is the day you start becoming obsolete.