EKCEP, SOAR partnering to offer FREE Cybersecurity Workforce Training


In 2018, there were over 300,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the US. Eastern Kentucky has infrastructure and a stable, affordable labor supply ready to get to work. Apply now for the opportunity to train – for FREE – right here in Eastern Kentucky with top cybersecurity experts in a first-of-its-kind program in rural Appalachia.

The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), FOUR18 Intelligence and SOAR have launched a pilot program that trains, certifies, and rates new computer networking and cybersecurity workers in Eastern Kentucky.

Participants in the program will be qualified and credentialed to perform at entry level jobs such as Computer Networking Technicians and Cybersecurity Analysts.

This program will:

  • Screen applicants for aptitude and fit in cybersecurity analysis

  • Train and certify the cohort in Cyber Analysis with internationally recognized experts to obtain the CompTIA Security+ certification

  • Develop a professional-grade cybersecurity analytics toolset for students to use in learning and applying their training to actual cybersecurity data analysis and incident response workflow

  • Provide live threat hunting game exercises and access to FOUR18’s community knowledge sharing and skills rating platform for accelerated student learning and feedback

  • Deliver a work-study internship with prospective employers to the top 15 students

  • Perform job placement services with companies inside and outside the region interested in Eastern Kentucky teleworkers

This FREE training program is open to anyone living within EKCEP’s 23-county service area who is selected, and portions can be completed at home with an up-to-date computer and compatible internet connection, or at one of Teleworks USA’s eight Teleworks Hubs in Harlan, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Owsley, Perry, or Pike counties.

The deadline to apply is August 15, and training will begin in September. For more infomation, email cyber@ekcep.org, or visit cybersecurity.ekcep.org.