SANS GIAC is one of those organizations that is viewed as a kind of premier provider of services. In this cases training and certification of information security personnel. The have a number of training courses and associated certifications and their certs are viewed very highly.
Here is the problem - they are majorly expensive. Training is somewhere around $5600 for a 4 or 5 day course and the exams for the cert are about $700 each. Self study is almost impossible because there aren't any materials available unless you can find someone selling theirs on ebay even then course books can go for $800.
These guys have a stranglehold and they wring every possible dime out of it. So imagine my joy when I signed onto ITPro.tv and found they are putting together a GSEC course. (GSEC is one of GIAC's entry level certs that meet the DoD 8570 requirements for Level II IAT). I have some materials from work and other sources, so with this course I am hoping to be able to put together a decent self study program and knock out this exam.