I am a police officer and am interested in broadening my horizons, ie, putting some more letters after my name. I am adept at most aspects of computers and am called upon daily to fix someone's computer/networking issues. I figure with my law enforcement background, a certificate in some sort of network security would springboard me into another career, should I become injured or disabled in my current job, or simply grow too old to keep up with the bad guys. I'll probably start with the CompTIA A+, but I'm afraid that the class will be too basic for me as I've been immersed in computers since I was 10 and built my first Timex Sinclair. Some questions that I have: Can I skate by the A+ without taking a class? Maybe grab a study guide and hit it hard? What should be next? Network+ There's an alphabet soup of certifications. If I'm looking for net security, what flavor of soup should I go for? Thanks in advance.