FUELING private-public partnership TO DRIVE innovative collaboration

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current cyber programs

2019 Annual Cyber Summit

The American Cyber Alliance is hosting its 2nd Annual Arkansas Cyber Summit on Thursday, October 17th in Central Arkansas. This year’s summit will feature special discussions with leading corporate CISOs, Academic and State & Federal Agencies and will celebrate our community’s collective success in Operationalizing Cybersecurity.


14 Week Cyber Training Program broken down into 2 seven-week sessions.

Full immersion training with on-keyboard active simulation, classroom instruction, field experience and mentorship. Course work, including Labs & Projects and guest modules taught by experienced cyber professionals. Our experienced instructors have years of experience being both cyber operators for industry and military

Professional Development - training

2020 Adversary Tactics // March 10-13


2019 Powershell // September 24-27

American cyber alliance

Our programs are provided through the American Cyber Alliance (ACA). The ACA is a private-public partnership established in 2018 to reduce cyber risks through collaborative innovation, workforce development initiatives and shared cyber threat intelligence. The ACA’s programs operationalize cybersecurity.


public-private partnerships // innovation programs // corporate ventures
venture studios // modern economic development strategies


WE DEVELOP private-public partnership capabilities

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about FORGE


Forge Institute is the brain child of Lee Watson. After 5 successful years building a globally-recognized innovation program, Lee wanted to create an organization to fuel national innovation between private sector and governmental partners.

Prior to the launch of Forge Institute, Lee co-founded The Arkansas Venture Center which is an entrepreneur-led organization creating an innovation-focused model that excels at finding and cultivating disruptive solutions that create real opportunities for our global partners. In less than four years, The Venture Center’s member companies have created more than 637 high-paying jobs and have raised more than $57 million in capital. This migration of high-growth businesses creates jobs and draws key talent to Central Arkansas that feeds the cycle of innovation. 

Forge Institute was designed to strategically operationalize programs both at a national and state level, forming the American Cyber Alliance.





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