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    Default Next SANS Cert GCWN or GRID

    Hello all,
    I have an opportunity coming up where I can get sponsored to take on another SANS course. I already have the GICSP cert under my belt this year and am looking to build up my resume a bit more. Unfortunately I can only take OnDemand or Self Study courses at this time so that already whittles down the list quite a bit.
    I was eyeing either the ICS515 (GRID) or SEC505(GCWN) certs. It seemed to me that there is a lot of hype built up around ICS515 because it comes recommended by Robert Lee. However, I don't see a lot of demand or job postings for that in the industry. Not that I see a lot of job postings for GCWN certs either but i get the feel that it has more useful practical material. Anyway, Just wanted to take a quick poll from the community on their thoughts on the matter. What has your experience been in the industry as to what's considered more valuable to employers? Any thoughts or feedback or alternative suggestions for SANS courses would be much appreciated.
    Thank you all in advance!
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    If you work in ICS area then that one would make more sense to me. If you dont then do GCWN. I just did that one a month ago and it was very very good. You come away with lots of actionable practicable things to do in an Windows/AD environment. If you aren't working in that space or trying to get into that space though that doesn't make sense for you to take.
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    Basically two questions, what do you want to do and what do you do today? If you already have a job that meets ICS/SCADA types of duties, cool! If not, I can't say in my neck of the woods I'd have seen any jobs related to it, ever. If you're looking to land somewhere, GCWN is going to be more interesting to more employers, though honestly GCIH/GCIA may be a little more universal and recognized.
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    I haven't taken ICS515, so I can't speak to that course. However, I thought that SEC505 was a great learning experience. Windows is a complex beast and I learned a lot from the course. Being able to apply the techniques to my work environment and home network was quite valuable.
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