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By Light Awarded $38.2M Contract by DISA

MCLEAN, Va. -- Phacil, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of By Light Professional IT Services LLC, has been awarded a bridge contract for a six-month base period with two, three-month option periods with a total value of $38.2M by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Secure Systems Engineering and Evolution Support project via the Encore III Full and Open (F&O) contract.

By Light has supported the Secure Systems Engineering and Evolution Support project since 2019. By Light will continue to provide a suite of Information Technology (IT) engineering and technical services, expertise, and support in the planning, research, development, integration, and implementation activities for future, proposed, current and legacy DoD and DISA IT capabilities, services, and systems.

By Light provides engineering support for all elements, layers, and gateways of the DISN infrastructure, to include an Internet Protocol (IP)-based and switched infrastructure leveraging encryption over terrestrial and undersea fiber optic networks as well as military and commercial satellite communications.

According to Jason Cole, By Light Senior Vice President, "We are delighted to continue to serve DISA in assuring critical IT capabilities to the warfighter as we have done for more than 17 years. Our dynamic team provides support services while facilitating the agile adoption and integration of future technology to achieve DISA's strategic objectives. This is a contract to address the growing and dynamic engineering and technical needs of today's and tomorrow's warfighter in a more streamlined and cost-effective approach."

About By Light

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 rated systems integrator that provides secure, turn-key systems by incorporating exceptional engineering, project management, telecommunications, and cyber capabilities to safeguard mission success. By Light successfully implements technical solutions that integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government.

For more information, visit https://www.bylight.com/.

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LeadingIT Launches New IT Support Strategies to Conform with Cybersecurity Predictions For 2021 And Beyond

CHICAGO, Ill. -- LeadingIT, a Chicagoland cybersecurity and IT support company, today refreshed their previously launched cybersecurity measures to help its clients curb the increasing menace of cyberattacks. The launch comes when internet usage and online networking rose to unprecedented levels following the stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 containment measures.

Across the nation, many corporate employees lost jobs or went out of office confinements to work from home, the internet has been pretty busy. While the world may not experience a surge in new deaths or infections with the rollout of vaccines, the chaos witnessed online will not stop soon. Predictions are rife with new cybersecurity predictions for 2021 and afterward.

Being a leading IT company in the area (pun intended), LeadingIT has plans to help its old, new, and prospective clients develop mitigative measures for all the potential threats in 2021 and beyond. These plans were announced as the company celebrates a decade of providing fast + friendly IT support.

10th Anniversary of Provided Excellent Always Available Support

LeadingIT has been around for ten years now, which is no mean feat. The company works with institutions, religious organizations, corporates, businesses, nonprofits, and government entities to provide them with managed services in the information technologyand cybersecurity sectors.

"It is quite an achievement to be around for ten years now. Sincerely, the journey hasn't been a walk in the park. We pass our sincere gratitude to our partners, staff, and friends for supporting us through the journey," said Stephen Taylor, the CEO of LeadingIT, in acknowledgment of the company's decade-long service in IT support.

Stephen Taylor continued, "However, we won't let the 10-year celebrations deter us from focusing on the continued cybersecurity threats. Cybercriminals thrive where there is chaos. Thus, the chaos of 2020, together with upcoming events such as the Tokyo Olympics, will provide an opportunity for attackers to prey on your servers, data, and teams."

Specific Cybersecurity Predictions for 2021

According to a report by The University of Maryland, there is an average of 2,224 hacking attempts every day. That translates to an average of one attempted hack every 39 seconds. And with these predictions bound to continue, it signifies a worrying trend for 2021 and beyond.

Notable predictions include:
* Cyberattackers will try to gain access to systems via the over 300 billion passwords and usernames used globally.
* Systems, organizations, and individuals without Multi-Factor-Authorization will suffer security breaches.
* Attackers will continue to swarm RDPs and VPNs as the rise in the remote workforce continues.
* Home networks, computers, and servers will face a higher risk of attacks.
* 55% of enterprises will increase their IT support budgets, according to a Global Digital Trust Insights report.
* Identity management, network security, and messaging security will be the top areas that businesses will spend on.

Measures to Curb the Top Cyberattack Threats in 2021

LeadingIT is at the forefront of helping its clients conform to the latest IT and cybersecurity trends. Stephen Taylor said, "These threats our very real for all businesses but we've built a 7-layer cybersecurity "jacket" to prevent data breaches, ransomware, and forced downtime."

The company believes that ensuring best practices, advanced endpoint detection, two-factor authentication, cybersecurity education, and more will be key to keeping clients safe in 2021 and beyond.

About LeadingIT

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 10-200 employees across the Chicagoland area.

MEDIA CONTACT
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Phone: 847-545-0714
Email: Stephen@GoLeadingIT.com

Sources:
https://www.scmagazine.com/home/research/video-300-billion-passwords-by-2020-report-predicts/

https://www.pwc.com/us/en/services/consulting/cybersecurity/library/global-digital-trust-insights.html

https://eng.umd.edu/news/story/study-hackers-attack-every-39-seconds

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US Space Force Awards $285M IDIQ Contract to ACS, By Light JV FSO

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Full Spectrum Operations, LLC, (FSO), an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture (JV) between American Communications Solutions LLC (ACS), and By Light Professional IT Services LLC (By Light), has been awarded a contract for Eastern Western Operational Communications Services (EWOCS), a single award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) with a base ordering period of five years, two one-year option periods, and a program ceiling of $285 million.

The contract is managed by the 45th Contracting Squadron, Space Operations Command, Patrick Space Force Base, FL. EWOCS is an acquisition program to provide communication services for voice, data, and video to support the launch and test range capabilities of the 45th Space Wing (45 SW) based at Patrick Space Force Base (SFB), FL, and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), FL, as well as the 30th Space Wing (30 SW) based at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), CA.

"As a Veteran Owned Small Business, FSO is honored to have the opportunity to provide communications systems maintenance, operations, and operational support services to the United States Space Force, enabling them to safely launch, track, and recover space lift systems and perform operational test missions in support of ballistic missile deployment and aircraft flight tests," said John M. Schleifer, Managing Member of FSO and President and CEO of ACS.

According to John Kilpatrick, By Light Vice President of Operations, "EWOCS builds on our long-standing support to the Eastern and Western Launch Ranges as well as the Missile Defense Agency, and By Light is excited for this opportunity to be a driving force in the Range of the Future transformation."

About Full Spectrum Operations (FSO):

FSO is a CVE-verified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Fairfax Station, VA, that provides information technology, cybersecurity, engineering, and operational support services to customers in the Federal Government. FSO is an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé JV between ACS (Protégé), and By Light (Mentor), a large business.

About American Communications Solutions (ACS):

ACS, the Managing Partner of FSO, is a CVE-verified SDVOSB currently providing information technology (IT), cybersecurity, engineering, software development, and operational and training support services to customers in the Federal Government.

About By Light Professional IT Services LLC:

By Light, headquartered in McLean, VA, is an ISO 9001, 20000- 1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 rated systems integrator that provides secure, turn-key systems by incorporating exceptional engineering, project management, telecommunications, and cyber capabilities to safeguard mission success. Founded by industry professionals with extensive knowledge in the DoD, DISA, and other US Government Agencies, By Light successfully implements technical solutions that integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government. For more information, visit https://www.bylight.com/.

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Randy Robinson Joins Black Sage from the Air Force Research Laboratory

BOISE, Idaho -- Black Sage is proud to announce and welcome Randy Robinson as Director of Government Operations. Mr. Robinson served the United States Air Force for a total of thirty-five years, twenty years in active-duty and fifteen years working at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Mr. Robinson will support further development of Black Sage's Counter UAS relationship with the United States Air Force and the United States Military.

"We are thrilled to have Randy join our team as we build upon our success with the United States Air Force and the United States Military," said Rick Schmidt, Black Sage's President and CEO. "Not only does Randy bring a wealth of knowledge and relationships in the Directed Energy sector and the United States Military, he shares our agile and proactive business philosophy."

"During my work at AFRL, I had the opportunity to evaluate a large number of CUAS systems," said Randy. "Black Sage stood out as the best solution. At the same time, the Black Sage team impressed me with their 'can do' spirit and total commitment to their customers and vendor partners."

Directed Energy technologies, such as High Power Microwave (HPM) and High Energy Laser (HEL) components, represent the cutting edge in counter unmanned threat solutions. During his work at AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, Mr. Robinson was the directorate's Field Test Director. He was responsible for all HPM and HEL field test integration and testing programs.

Mr. Robinson spent the last seven years serving as the AFRL/RD CUAS Subject Matter Expert. Randy's extensive experience with Counter UAS technologies, including HPM and HEL, is an ideal fit with Black Sage's capabilities in this rapidly evolving sector.

Randy grew up in West Virginia and joined the Air Force in 1985. He served as an Electronics Technician for twenty years and retired from active duty in 2005. Following his retirement from active-duty, Randy joined AFRL at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Living in New Mexico with his wife, Randy enjoys riding motorcycles, playing golf and brewing beer. The couple has two sons. One son serves in the U.S. Coast Guard and the other son is an Officer in the United States Air Force.

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/vBpWdVasvIk

About Black Sage

Black Sage is a CUAS solutions provider and systems integration partner, serving military organizations, internal security agencies, and airport authorities worldwide. Our mission is to protect civilian and military personnel from unmanned threats. Black Sage's open architecture DefenseOS® command and control software is the nerve center that controls industry-leading sensors and effectors required for a modular, layered air defense network.

Black Sage's Innovation Lab coupled with our three research facilities representing urban, rural, and remote environments enables rapid prototyping, testing, and integration. These resources enable Black Sage's solutions to defend against the constant evolution of UAS threat capabilities.

For more information, please visit: https://blacksagetech.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/blacksagetech

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Black Sage
+1-208-571-8135
scott@blacksagetech.com

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The CMMC Accreditation Board (CMMC-AB) has approved Aligned Technology Solutions as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Aligned Technology Solutions (ATS), a top ranked managed IT services provider headquartered in the Washington DC Region, is pleased to announce the CMMC-AB, has approved it as an RPO. This achievement officially marks the entry of ATS into the CMMC ecosystem and is part of the firm's ongoing expansion of offerings to defense contractors and clients seeking assistance with CMMC.

"ATS is excited to join the CMMC-AB ecosystem and take this step in the CMMC Journey with our clients," said Justin Weeks, a CMMC-AB Registered Practitioner, and Vice President of Cybersecurity & Compliance at ATS. "By assisting our customers in their preparation efforts to become CMMC Certified, we get to improve their Information Security posture, and contribute to the protection of The Defense Supply Chain."

"We've been at the forefront of this emerging program for a while now," said Don Sauer, Co-founder and CEO of ATS. "Throughout 2019 and 2020, we made significant investments in time, energy, effort and funds to ensure we can offer our clients the expert guidance and comprehensive services they need as CMMC takes center stage. Receiving the RPO designation from the CMMC-AB is formal recognition of those investments, efforts and most importantly, our readiness in helping others move forward.

"Many service providers are out there talking-the-talk as they say. One call to our CMMC team will clearly show that ATS walks-the-walk. Our team is excited to stand by our clients on this vital national journey towards a more secure and effective supply chain."

About CMMC

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) provides a set of mandatory cybersecurity requirements across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and Defense Supply Chain (DSC). Contractors must meet the appropriate level of certification for their organization in order to handle Federal Contract information (FCI), Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), and to be awarded DoD contracts.

According to the CMMC-AB, RPOs are qualified as:
* Aware -- Employs staff trained in basic CMMC methodology.
* Registered Practitioner Staffed -- Offers non-certified consultative services.
* Targeted -- CMMC Assessment preparation.
* Trusted -- Bound by a professional code of conduct.

Meeting each of the above qualifications, Aligned Technology Solutions has officially become part of the CMMC ecosystem by the CMMC-AB granting this status, and continues to deliver cybersecurity solutions and services, helping organizations meet CMMC & NIST SP 800-171 requirements.

About Aligned Technology Solutions (ATS)

Since 2010 ATS has been helping organizations leverage and manage technology to grow and secure their businesses. ATS is an award-winning technology service provider delivering customized and comprehensive IT solutions for IT Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Compliance, Cloud Solutions and Business Phone Systems. ATS is committed to providing world class customer service and best-of-breed technology solutions that provide our clients competitive advantage in their marketplace.

To learn more, visit: https://www.myalignedit.com/.

To access Aligned Technology Solutions through the CMMC Marketplace, visit: https://portal.cmmcab.org/marketplace/aligned-technology-solutions/.

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Connected Solutions Group Becomes Elite Cradlepoint Partner

RICHMOND, Va. -- Connected Solutions Group, LLC (CSG), a national leader in wireless hardware deployment and services, today announced that it has reached Elite Partner status with Cradlepoint, a global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions for branch, mobile, and IoT networks. Of the multiple partner levels offered by Cradlepoint, Elite status is the highest. Elite status level is an indication of the volume sold by CSG, as well as its support abilities with a number of specially trained and certified Cradlepoint staff members.

"We have been thrilled in our growth with Cradlepoint. The quality of Cradlepoint's hardware and its proprietary NetCloud network management system is a gamechanger for our customers," said Michael Pittman, CEO at CSG. "Reaching Elite status with them is an honor and an indication of CSG's commitment to offering the highest level of services and support around Cradlepoint products. We look forward to a bright future together with much more growth to come."

CSG is a Cradlepoint solutions provider while also offering network design services, nationwide installation and full-scale managed services support. "We are installing Cradlepoint solutions in everything from ambulances for mobile data connectivity to football stadiums for emergency management support to our own patent-pending ruggedized deployable devices," said Pittman. "Understanding our customer needs allows us to provide them with unique services, including 24/7 support on a subscription basis or helping reduce capital expenditure with our Hardware as a Service (HaaS) offering of Cradlepoint devices."

"CSG goes that extra step to ensure that customer deployments are successful throughout the life of the project," said Eric Purcell, Senior Vice President of Partners and Alliances at Cradlepoint. "CSG's commitment to its customers and Cradlepoint is evident in the number of successful deployments and outcome-based solutions that transform how customers are adopting wireless to run businesses and enterprise-class applications. We could not be happier with our CSG partnership."

About Connected Solutions Group

Connected Solutions Group, LLC (CSG) is a Richmond, Virginia-based leading VAR and wireless hardware deployment company. By bridging the wide gaps between development and deployment of M2M and IoT projects, CSG has created a true turnkey solution allowing customers to focus on building their applications while we design and implement cost-effective hardware to execute them efficiently. With services including MDM installation and support, custom programming, device staging and kitting, nationwide installation, and device activations, swaps and upgrades, CSG acts as the purchasing, fulfillment and installation team for our clients.

Learn more at https://connectedsolutionsgroup.com/.

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TechAhead Corporation Launches Fuzon to Expand IoT Solutions

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- As the Internet of Things (IoT) transforms the way the world works, businesses have to keep pace, says TechAhead Corporation. With the launch of Fuzon.io, their new website, Fuzon helps them do exactly that.

The website gives businesses the opportunity to explore Fuzon's IoT service offering, the industries they serve, and more. With this wealth of information digitally available, business owners are better positioned to understand how Fuzon can help them unlock IoT for growth.

Fuzon is an IoT development company located in Los Angeles, California. They're a brand company of TechAhead Corporation, a customer experience-focused app development company. Fuzon brings that extensive app development experience to companies curious about innovating their own IoT solutions, as well as brands looking to improve existing IoT technology.

Ultimately, Fuzon makes IoT easy. They offer a full-service suite to businesses, helping them with everything from early IoT strategy to the development and deployment of the right IoT solution for their specific use case.

Specifically, Fuzon's services, as outlined on their new website, include:

* IoT Consulting: Many business owners are curious about IoT but don't know where to start. As experts in the field, the Fuzon team can help them unlock the power of a connected world. Their consulting services include solution consulting to explore new IoT possibilities and consulting for specific IoT devices, including iBeacons, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino.

* User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) Design & Development: IoT only works if people engage with it. By providing UI/UX service, Fuzon helps businesses create dynamic experiences for their users. They incorporate branding relevant to the business and provide quality UI/UX across both mobile and web interfaces.

* Voice Tech Solutions: As voice search increasingly dominates the way people live and work, voice tech solutions enable businesses' success. With smart voice-enabled apps, Fuzon helps brands seize this opportunity.

* Cloud-Based IoT Services: Cloud computing infrastructure helps businesses work faster and do more while keeping costs under control. The Fuzon team can identify the best cloud solution for a business's unique needs, then design, develop, and deploy the IoT technology on that cloud. This makes the IoT solution scalable.

* Mobile App Development: With extensive app development experience, Fuzon creates the right solution so the business can control their IoT technology, whether that's wearable tech, a smartphone app, or a web-enabled device. For example, they build applications to control thermostats, light bulbs, security systems, and more.

* Data Analytics: Gathering, analyzing, and understanding data helps businesses get the most from their IoT solutions. Fuzon delivers top-tier data analytics using machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). This helps businesses perform predictive maintenance on their IoT technology, too.

All told, Fuzon can help businesses through the entire IoT implementation process, starting with strategy consulting and system design, moving through mobile development and system integration, finishing with insights. Those insights leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence so businesses can gain data and track ROI with their new IoT technology.

Any business interested in exploring a new IoT solution or refining the IoT technology they have in place can learn more at https://www.fuzon.io/.

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Manager, Partners and Alliances
818-665-2097

Learn more about TechAhead at: https://www.techaheadcorp.com/

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MoSHE and IntelliMedia Networks Partner to Digitally Transform the Ethiopian Higher Education and Vocational Training Sector

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) agrees to join forces with IntelliMedia Networks Inc. and its local partners Andalem Consulting PLC and United Systems Integrators, to enable a country-wide online learning platform to streamline access to higher learning across Ethiopia and improve quality of education and training for undergraduate and graduate students.

This historic public-private partnership will implement IntelliMedia's Apollo Learning and Training Management System (LTMS) that utilizes engaging virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content with a multi-phase five-year strategy ranging from a short term COVID-19 response to a full digitization of the Ethiopian higher education and training sector. The project which is valued at multi-million dollars will build higher education institutions' capacity for delivery of Ethiopian-authored content to anyone with a smartphone, including live and on-demand classroom courses, access to additional learning material, centralized secure online testing, artificial intelligence (A.I.) backed personalized learning and data-driven sector performance metrics.

The project is a direct outcome of Ethiopian prime minister and Nobel peace prize winner Dr. Abiy Ahmed's digital transformation agenda, for Ethiopia's inclusive and sustainable development. It will bridge the gap between higher education and the local economy through effective integration with industrial actors through project-based learning, precision internships and job placement. It also aims to become the driving force for technology entrepreneurship and the development of a vibrant national startup ecosystem.

"This partnership is yet another important milestone in our effort to digitize the Ethiopian higher education and vocational training sector, as an integrated part of the overall digital Ethiopia strategy set forth by the government," said MoSHE State Minister Professor Afework Kassu Gizaw. "We are excited to bring this capability to Ethiopia's student body as it will help us further achieve a fundamental shift by enabling higher education institutions to provide high quality, immersive and personalized education coupled with data-driven metrics helping us reach our goal of improving our teaching institutions."

"As a member of the Ethiopian diaspora since 1978, I am especially honored to contribute to Ethiopia's digital transformation by providing educational platforms ideal for its unique needs. With IntelliMedia's consultative and collaborative approach in overcoming local challenges and its commitment to a fully transparent knowledge-transfer, this project will play a significant role in creating opportunities for the Ethiopian knowledge workforce and in fostering entrepreneurship. We will work as a strong and determined partner to support the advancement of education in Ethiopia," said Teodros Gessesse, CEO and co-founder of IntelliMedia Networks, Inc.

"There is a convergence of themes playing out in emerging markets that's accelerating educational institutes' engagement with online learning and training systems. IntelliMedia is thrilled with this partnership, which will provide the necessary flexibility for MoSHE and Ethiopian institutions to deliver content using our immersive learning technologies," said IntelliMedia's president and co-founder Darshan Sedani.

The collaboration between MoSHE, IntelliMedia Networks and local Ethiopian partners Andalem Consulting PLC and United Systems Integrators (USI) is prepared to affect a rolling deployment that is geared to enable Ethiopians to locally create educational content, manage and expand the Apollo LTMS platform based on local infrastructure and mobile data network conditions.

"This private public partnership is an ideal platform that will enable us to effectively mobilize the necessary resources to execute on our joint mission to digitize higher education and better integrate it with the country's and the global digital economy," says Michael Tesfaye Hiruy Managing partner of Andalem Consulting PLC.

"This is a true collaboration of government, the Ethiopian diaspora and local Ethiopian businesses in a project that empowers Ethiopians to create sustainable growth," said Michael Shebelle managing director of USI Ethiopia.

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is established by proclamation number 1097/, in October 2018, and is responsible to lead the development of science, higher education as well as the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Ethiopia.

IntelliMedia Networks Inc. is a U.S.A. and India based company specializing in developing and deploying immersive media platforms that distribute content through the cloud and onto multiple screens. Utilizing extensive experience IntelliMedia has global customers in a variety of markets. IntelliMedia is a winner of two Product of the Year awards at the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters show for products recognized as trail blazers in the video industry.

Andalem Consulting plc is an Ethiopia based firm dedicated to enabling technology and Data-Driven decision-making to advance Africa's economic transformation and sustainable development. Andalem is dedicated to build Private-Public ecosystems that think globally and implement sustainable solutions. Focusing on various markets, Andalem is committed to foster international collaborations that build Africa's technological capacity and accelerate its sustainable development.

United Systems Integrators is an Ethiopian company specializing in building and supporting IT infrastructure and software integration in the financial industry, focusing on banking application software and ERP implementations. USI is a best-practice proven system integrator in Africa with over 20 years of experience and excellent customer satisfaction track record headquartered in Addis Ababa with offices in Nairobi.

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MORE INFORMATION: http://apolloltms.com and http://www.IntelliMedianetworks.com

MEDIA CONTACT
C. Jenkins, IntelliMedia Networks
+1-(888)-787-0856
press@IntelliMedianetworks.com

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LeadingIT Announces Year-End Plans and Looks Forward to A Strong 2021

CHICAGO, Ill. -- LeadingIT, a cybersecurity and technology support company in the Chicagoland area, outlines the plans for its team and clients for the end of the year, as well as the strategy it has to grow in 2021.

2020 has brought unprecedented changes to the business world and changed how many companies in the world run their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people now work remotely, and, according to Global Workplace Analytics estimates, 25 to 30 percent of the workforce will continue to work from home on multiple days of the week (*note 1).

As an IT support and cybersecurity provider, LeadingIT took a leading role in ensuring that its clients' employees could work from home efficiently and effectively, accessing cloud resources and corporate networks securely through two-factor authentication.

LeadingIT Puts Team's Welfare At The Forefront Of Everything It Does

Without an expert team of IT professionals focused on helping clients mitigate risk and putting business continuity plans in place, many businesses would have shut down or been unable to support remote work on such a massive and immediate scale. Their knowledge and expertise have been key reasons why LeadingIT continues to grow during the current uncertain business environment.

Recognizing this, the Chicagoland IT support and cybersecurity provider introduced several team benefits, including:
* Having paid time off as a critical part of the benefit policy
* Flexible work hours, where employees can leave early or arrive late and make up the time later
* End-of-year bonuses
* Company-funded healthcare plan covering life, dental, vision, and medical
* The ability for the team to work remotely from anywhere

LeadingIT In The Community

LeadingIT prides itself on being an integral part of the community in which the company operates. Recognizing the need for quality healthcare for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods, the company teamed up with the fundraising organization, Extra Life, to help treat injured or sick children and spread some cheer to their families during a difficult period (*note 2).

Every year, the LeadingIT team sets fundraising targets then invites donors to sponsor marathon gaming sessions organized by Extra Life. If you're looking to participate in the charity, the end of the year is a great time to do so and help brighten up the holidays for children in need. Head to Extra-Life.org to learn more about the cause.

Looking Forward To 2021

2020 has brought on new challenges, and businesses must find innovative ways to offer great experiences for their clients and team, to avoid losing out to their competitors and the virus. As quoted by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the tech giant has seen "two years of digital transformation within two months" (*note 3). LeadingIT plans to play a significant role in ensuring businesses continue to operate seamlessly in 2021.

Stephen Taylor, Leading IT's CEO, says, "Over the past year, we have seen a large demand for cybersecurity, cloud support, and fast and friendly technology support that offer immediate and measurable results as businesses spend large amounts of money to move toward a digital mode of working."

He expresses his pleasure that LeadingIT was able to retain its team at a time characterized by unprecedented uncertainty. Given the essential role that managed service providers like LeadingIT expect to play in the ongoing digital transformation, the firm wants to add more experts to its team in 2021.

"We're focusing on really expanding our organization by hiring new team members and through strategic acquisitions in the new year," adds Stephen Taylor. He also believes that 2021 will be a new year for everyone, including the IT support and cybersecurity industry. As people and businesses adapt to the new way of working, it could be the start of a refreshing new beginning for the technology industry.

About LeadingIT

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 10-200 employees across the Chicagoland area.

MEDIA CONTACT
Stephen Taylor
Phone: 847-545-0714
Email: Stephen@GoLeadingIT.com

Notes:
1: https://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/work-at-home-after-covid-19-our-forecast
2: https://www.send2press.com/wire/leadingit-teams-up-with-extra-life-to-raise-money-for-sick-children/
3: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/04/30/2-years-digital-transformation-2-months/

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Aligned Technology Solutions Expands Leadership Team with Seasoned IT Managed Services Professionals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Aligned Technology Solutions announced the recent addition of three accomplished veterans of the Managed Service provider (MSP) industry to its leadership team. The new members include a VP of Service Delivery, VP Cybersecurity & Compliance and Director of Helpdesk Operations. These are entirely new positions that were added in support of the companies continued growth and expanded service offerings.

In sharing the news, ATS Cofounder ad Partner Don Sauer said "We are beyond excited to have these talented and accomplished leaders joining the team. Over the last few years ATS has been carefully and strategically growing, ensuring the client experience is never diminished and is always improving. We've also expanded our service offerings to better meet our client's evolving needs, particularly in the area of Cybersecurity and Compliance. Jeremiah, Justin and Stephen bring a wealth of experience that will unquestionably benefit our clients in the months and years ahead."

The newest additions to the team include:

Jeremiah Best - Vice President, Service Delivery

Jeremiah brings over 14 years of experience in the MSP industry including both senior technical and service operations / management roles. He is a service visionary and has led highly regarded Network Systems Engineering and Technical Support teams. Jeremiah is a graduate of George Mason University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. When not in the office he can be found rock climbing the "local" areas.

Justin Weeks - Vice President, Cybersecurity & Compliance

Justin is an experienced Information Security professional with a proven track record of excellence in building scalable Information Security, Cybersecurity, and Compliance programs in competitive business environments. He is an expert in today's most prevalent compliance frameworks and certification programs including NIST CSF, CMMC, NIST 800-171, HIPAA-HITECH / HITRUST, ISO 27001, CIS and SOC. Justin is passionate about the Cybersecurity field both at a business and technical level. He received his BS degree in Information Technology from WGU and has earned 15+ technical and security related certifications.

Stephen Polidore - Director, Helpdesk Operations

Stephen brings over 17 years of IT experience to the ATS team. He has supported critical infrastructure as an active duty service member during Operation Enduring Freedom and has over a decade of experience supporting DOD infrastructure as a contractor. Stephen brings a holistic view of IT support and security most recently managing commercial MSP operations divisions while additionally providing sales engineering support and assisting in construction of various support and security frameworks.

About Aligned Technology Solutions (ATS)

Since 2010 ATS has been helping organizations leverage and manage technology to grow and secure their businesses. ATS is an award-winning technology service provider delivering customized and comprehensive IT solutions for IT Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Compliance, Cloud Services and VoIP. ATS is committed to providing world class customer service and best-of-breed technology solutions that provide our clients competitive advantage in their marketplace. Learn more at http://www.myalignedit.com/

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