So I am looking at what to pick for training this year, provided we have a budget for it. I am torn between a few SANS courses, 2 of which do not have any GIAC certs associated but provide some much needed information. Those would be SEC575 (mobile security) and 579 (Virtualization/Private Cloud). 575 would benefit my current role at the company. 579 peaks my interest much more because I love me some virtual machines and the architecture behind a properly implemented solution. As for the cert paths I was looking at SEC501 (Adv Sec Essentials), mostly to formalize my training as a defender. The other option was FOR610 (malware analysis), main goal is to get more formal training on this topic which has been an ongoing self-study effort.
So do I go for the straight up informational training? Or go for a cert path? Any choice will help the company really. I am the only technical/architecture security guy, so increasing my knowledge helps improve things as a whole. Though if I was to go completely selfish, I would choose FOR610 for both the experience and the cert. SEC579 would be a close 2nd.