Having recently met with Rick Stiffler (retired U.S. Army Reserve), who heads Cisco's security training and certification efforts, I am strongly impressed with the quality, coverage and focus of their security training and certs in general, and with the CCSP in particular. Given your background and the white-hot nature of information security contracting and employment prospects versus the somewhat lukewarm analogs on the network infrastructure/administration side, it seems pretty clear --at least, to me -- that the CCSP might represent the better opportunity for "sweeter dividends." That said, it's as important to follow your interests and proclivities as it is to follow the money, so you should consider this advice in the light of that which interests you most.
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