Thanks @CraginS there is a lot here to unpack. Ive ordered the CISSP CBK as you recommended just for its guidance; I agree that there is just too much about the field that I dont know and if you feel that this is a good reference manual for the field then that is where I will start. The link you provided for the cybersecurity workforce framework didnt work, I suspect this was the address you were trying to take me to: NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.?
Im going to start by reviewing the CISSP CBK as a reference manual and then consider the CompTIA certs. Ill consider a Masters degree if I get to a point where I feel its required, but at the moment I dont want to commit to that level of schooling given the weight of other responsibilities in life at the moment. I suspect my interests will galvanize (and change) as I learn more about the field. I have a conversation lined up with our Sr Manager of Threat Intelligence (to which our CSOC reports in to) later this week. Our SOC does more entry level hiring than any other corner of InfoSec so it seems like a good point of entry to consider (it also sounds interesting!). Im told from at least one gent that works in my Bus Tech Rism Mgmt function that starting in the SOC is a good place to learn how the organization looks at and handles threats on a basic, front line level. That sounded like a plausible statement; anyway, Ill be speaking with that Sr Mgr this week.
For the time being, the CISSP is going to take a back seat.
I appreciate your direct and practical advice CraginS and Ill continue to update / ask questions as I learn more.