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By Light Appraised at CMMI-Dev v2.0 Level 3

MCLEAN, Va. -- By Light Professional IT Services LLC (By Light) is pleased to announce it has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI-Dev v2.0). CMMI is a capability improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.

The appraisal rating recognizes By Light's proven approach for customer satisfaction, delivery of quality solutions, and continuous improvement.

By Light successfully completed the appraisal March 9, 2021, led by Certified Lead Appraiser and Instructor Julie Stein with CGI, Inc.

"By Light's commitment to achieving high performance and quality in meeting customer needs is demonstrated by the workforce's process rigor dedication in delivering high quality solutions to earn and achieve customer satisfaction," said Bob Donahue, By Light's CEO.

About By Light Professional IT Services LLC

Founded in 2002 as a small family business, By Light has expanded to a large, diverse organization with more than 2,000 employees working with 500 Government and Commercial clients at locations around the world. Our rapid growth focuses on key mission areas to stay ahead of the curve while meeting our customers' needs for innovative and efficient IT and Cyberspace Operations solutions.

Driven by a management team steeped in practical experience from Defense, Intelligence, Federal Healthcare, and Commercial sectors, we are trusted to provide reliable, cost-effective IT and Cyberspace Operations solutions to each customer on every project.

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Cole Engineering awarded $179M OTA by U.S. Army

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI), a By Light Company, has been awarded a $179M Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement to serve as the core software enabler for the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Training Simulation Software / Training Management Tool (TSS/TMT). The TSS/TMT is the "core" simulation software and hardware that provides a common synthetic environment, the exercise design and control tool, and data manager for STE collective training.

As the Army's future training capability, the STE will be a single, interconnected training system that provides a training environment, in which units from Soldier/Squad through Army Service Component Command conduct collective training. The STE will converge the live, virtual, constructive, and gaming environments as one complete training capability.

"Team CESI is honored to be entrusted to enable the future of the Army's Synthetic Training Environment to empower a revolution in Army training capability and effectiveness," said Devin Lyders, CESI Senior Vice President, Advanced Training Systems, "We have taken great pride in supporting STE since the initial onset of prototyping activities in 2018 and are proud to offer a comprehensive solution that is modular, scalable, and prepared to rapidly deliver capability into the hands of the Soldier. As a participant in and benefactor of Soldier Centric Design, CESI understands at its core that the TSS/TMT capabilities are about delivering the best possible training to our Warfighters no matter the place, time, or domain."

Team CESI consists of a robust group of contributors with deep understanding of the STE vision including 4C North America, Inc.; Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Inc.; Cesium GS, Inc.; Dignitas Technologies; Leidos, Inc.; Perspecta; Raydon Corporation; Systematic, Inc.; and Maxar Technologies.

The Team CESI solution is a modular open systems architecture built on a CESI-developed backbone called MSSV ("massive"). The TSS/TMT solution will realize a modern, modular system that converges live, virtual, constructive, and gaming environments into a single, holistic synthetic environment. MSSV is a proven, hardened architecture solution that will allow an integrated, tested, and training-ready capability to be delivered in under a year.

"By Light and its companies continue to provide innovative systems and solutions to help stay ahead of our country's adversaries," said Bob Donahue Jr., Chief Executive Officer of By Light, "Team CESI is immediately postured to deliver a solution that keeps our soldiers in front and is adaptable to the ever-changing operational environment."

About CESI

Formed in 2004, Cole Engineering Services, Inc., is an award-winning company that maintains a distinct record of strong performance in developing dynamic engineering programs. CESI implements operational, modeling, simulation, and gaming-based technologies that enable Warfighters and First Responders in their services to the nation. CESI develops unique simulation-based systems for simple and complex military missions and has extensive experience developing interoperable distributed simulation architectures for engineering and training environments. Led by a highly talented and experienced team with deep institutional knowledge and an extensive infrastructure in the form of laboratories and tools/methodologies, CESI tackles some of the military's most complex modeling and simulation projects. Learn more at https://coleengineering.com/

About By Light

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, headquartered in McLean, VA, is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI-Dev Level 3 rated systems integrator that provides secure, turnkey 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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NSC Awards Cole Engineering Team $31M OTA

MCLEAN, Va. -- Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI) a By Light Company, has been awarded a $31.3M contract by the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) for the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) 5G Network Enhancements Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). CESI as the prime contractor for this OTA, with key teammates Eridan Communications, Inc., Prizm XR, Inc., and Athena Technologies, LLC, are together delivering this next-generation technology development for augmented and virtual reality testbeds, 5G networks, and applications at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBML) in Washington State.

This project supports the Department of Defense (DoD) 5G Strategy Implementation Plan to accelerate implementation of advanced wireless communications with applications in both the Continental United States (CONUS) and outside CONUS regions. For this 5G experimentation at JBLM, DoD, and the Department of the Army expect to develop effective methodologies to allow combat training enhanced by 5G communications technologies.

The project is divided into three sequential phases in which advanced 5G technologies will be tested in laboratory environments, then fielded and evaluated in the 5G enhanced training environment deployed at JBLM. The goal of this prototype project is to develop and demonstrate 5G-based AR/VR enhancement that enables Army mission planning and training. The prototype will demonstrate the ability to design, build, and sustain an advanced enhancement that allows for 5G cellular connectivity to accommodate military training activity.

According to Thomas Fransson, CESI, SVP Operations, Simulation Products & Services, "This award reinforces the success of our long heritage in advanced wireless communications, and now extends into the new and exciting area of providing these capabilities for training and operations, where we can leverage our extensive experience of supporting DoD with simulations and training products. Our 5G network solution addresses the breadth of challenges presented by foliage and weather, vastly improves the performance of the network in terms of number of participants and reduces latency - thereby improving soldier perception of combat engagement."

About By Light

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, 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 http://www.bylight.com/.

About CESI

Formed in 2004, Cole Engineering Services, Inc., is an award-winning company that maintains a distinct record of strong performance in developing dynamic engineering programs. CESI implements operational, modeling, simulation, and gaming-based technologies that enable Warfighters and First Responders in their services to the nation. CESI develops unique simulation-based systems for simple and complex military missions and has extensive experience developing interoperable distributed simulation architectures for engineering and training environments. Led by a highly talented and experienced team with deep institutional knowledge and an extensive infrastructure in the form of laboratories and tools and methodologies, CESI tackles some of the military's most complex modeling and simulation projects. Learn more at http://www.cesicorp.com/.

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By Light Professional IT Services LLC Achieves NSA Trusted Integrator Listing

MCLEAN, Va. -- By Light Professional IT Services LLC (By Light) announced today that it has achieved Trusted Integrator status within the National Security Agency's (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program. In addition to our ISO9001, 20000-1 and 27001 registrations and CMMI Level 3 Dev and Services ratings, we demonstrated the staff and processes necessary to architect, design, integrate, test, document, field, and support systems that meet the requirements of the CSfC program.

Trusted Integrator status enables NSA, Authorizing Officials (AOs)/Designated Approving Authorities (DAAs) to utilize By Light's System Integration Development and Support Services for lifecycle CSfC solution support.

"CSfC's use of conforming commercial products in layered solutions to protect National Security Systems (NSS) data improves design, integration, and deployment timelines," says Jeff Adelman, By Light Vice President of Integration Services. "But the solution does not end with deployment; sustainment actions including continuous testing and security incident response are critical to the lifecycle success of any CSfC Capability Package implementation."

Trusted Integrator status complements By Light's capabilities in tactical and strategic networking, cloud architecture, cyber security, and synthetic training environments.

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. 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 http://www.bylight.com/.

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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.

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By Light Unit Awarded $83.7M Bridge Contract by DISA

MCLEAN, Va. -- Phacil, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of By Light Professional IT Services, has been awarded a bridge contract for a one-year base period with one, six-month option period with a total lifecycle value of $83.7M by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for the Defense Information System Network (DISN) Technical Refresh Turnkey Support project via the ENCORE III Full and Open (F&O) suite contract. By Light will continue to provide engineering and implementation support for several technologies within the DISN to deliver mission-critical voice, video, and data services worldwide.

By Light will continue working closely with the DISA Technology Refresh Program Management Office (PMO) to provide turnkey solutions to efficiently deliver complete, active and operational services to include: project management, engineering, site surveys, logistics support, implementation, test/turn-up, de-installation, configuration management, and transition. The successful execution of this effort will directly enhance military and civilian personnel's ability to defend the DoD Information Network (DoDIN).

According to Jason Cole, By Light Senior Vice President, "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with DISA on the Technology Refresh program, which allows By Light's project managers, engineers, and field services teams to provide turn-key solutions to support mission critical voice, video, and data services across the globe. By Light has supported DISA and the DoDIN for more than 17 years and our dedicated team of professionals has built a reputation for exceeding expectations on all of our engineering and implementation programs."

"We are honored to receive this award that continues our support for DISA and its mission partners across the Department of Defense Information Network," said Derek Bulluck, Vice President at By Light. "Our team will support the modernization and enhancement of the DoDIN by refreshing multiple legacy technologies and creating a survivable infrastructure. We remain committed to delivery excellence and aspire to be DISA's best and most reliable service partner."

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. 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.

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By Light Chief Strategy Office Promotes Growth and Innovation

MCLEAN, Va. -- By Light Professional IT Services LLC is investing in its people with a series of promotions to further its strategic growth and solidify its brand as a leader in IT solutions for government and commercial clients. By Light's promoted several employees who are trailblazers in their fields to positions within the Chief Strategy Office to further its goal of maximizing innovation, research, and development across the company's broad portfolio.

Lucy Donahue leads By Light's new department as Chief Strategy Officer. She has served on By Light's senior management team and as a leader in the Federal Healthcare procurement industry for more than 20 years. As CSO, Lucy will define the innovative vision, corporate positioning, and strategic partnerships to keep By Light ahead of the curve in technology and customer relationships across a wide span of industries and around the globe.

Tom Ryan serves as Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Innovation. Tom's 33 years of high-tech experience, most recently as a Vice President overseeing By Light's Software Development Center of Excellence, was key to his new position selection. Tom's new role is to manage the next-generation of DevSecOps (development, security, and operations) software factories, integration hubs, and innovation cells. Tom plans to bring his vast practical experience to bear and lead By Light to the forefront of technology and procurement.

Bill Sackewitz was promoted to Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation. Bill's expertise in Cloud Services, DevSecOps, and Design Thinking coupled with his 25 years of Agile Product Delivery experience made him a natural fit for his new position. Bill oversees By Light's Digital Transformation to mature and expand best practices and core competencies across the enterprise with the goal to deliver custom digital solutions that are accessible, usable, and enjoyable. Bill is introducing new ways of working that set the standard for By Light's product growth and engineering capabilities.

Mike Farahbakhshian was named Associate Vice President, Corporate Strategic Initiatives. Mike's 20 years of experience in Government Information Technology and management of By Light's Federal Healthcare growth has been instrumental in propelling the company forward in multiple strategic expansion areas. Mike works across the By Light vertical markets, By Light's acquisitions, and with By Light clients to fuse their extensive experience and drive business development across all IT growth industries.

Erin DeCaprio brings more than 25 years of communications experience to her new role as Director of Corporate Communications. As a seasoned member of By Light's proposal team for seven years and a former editorial director for successful online communities, Erin brings institutional knowledge and forward-looking creativity to unify By Light's corporate identity together with its acquisitions and amplify its message around the industry.

Amy Hansen, former business development specialist, was promoted to Director of Marketing. Amy has over 30 years of experience in leading teams, business development, and marketing. Amy is helping to elevate the Chief Strategy Office/Marketing team's return on investment by evolving By Light's internal and external brand awareness. Using her creative expertise, Amy is developing and delivering fresh concepts across the By Light enterprise for print and digital marketing materials.

By Light's Chief Strategy Office is assembling transformative talent who yield new and disruptive ideas to maturation. The pool of talent along with By Light's steadfast processes is producing cutting-edge technology to solve our customers' most challenging issues. The team is also producing modern design concepts and messaging to highlight By Light's products and solutions across all industry markets.

By Light CEO, Bob Donahue says, "The CSO provides a critical tool to drive digital transformation and innovation across the entire enterprise. The team's positive impact has already demonstrated tremendous value with the standardization and optimization of our DevSecOps software development efforts that includes the creation of an industry-leading development cloud platform to effectively meet the new emerging 'Code Challenges' that are becoming a frequent component in large software procurements."

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. 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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DISA Awards By Light Team $198.9M Cloud-Based Internet Isolation Production OTA

MCLEAN, Va. -- By Light Professional IT Services LLC has been awarded a $198.9M, 5-year production Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for the Cloud-Based Internet Isolation (CBII) Program. By Light as the prime contractor for this OTA, with teammate Menlo Security, Inc., are together delivering this next-generation Isolation Platform to protect Department of Defense (DoD) networks worldwide.

Beginning in March 2019, By Light and Menlo worked closely with the DISA CBII Program Management Office (PMO) to design and implement the CBII prototype capability which eliminates most web-based threats such as drive-by-downloads. This technology removes the browsing process from the desktop and moves it to the cloud, effectively creating an "air gap" between the internet and enterprise networks. The successful implementation of this effort will directly enhance military and civilian personnel's ability to defend the DoD Information Network (DODIN).

According to Bob Donahue, By Light CEO, "This win culminates more than 18 months of working closely with Menlo, DISA, and its Mission Partners to shape the commercial application of Menlo's Global Cloud Secure Web Gateway (SWG) to improve DoD's information security posture for those entities conducting business across the Internet. Our CBII solution improves the security posture of the network, will scale to meet DoD needs, is easy to deploy and manage, and optimizes and reduces bandwidth - thereby extending the life of the network."

"This isolation technology allows enterprises to separate their network from the public web while providing users seamless access to the internet with a native browser experience," says Joe Boyd, By Light VP and CBII Program Manager. "Within the cloud native architecture, all components scale horizontally. You couple this with global availability, anytime/anywhere access, always-on cloud with failover between regions, instant on-boarding of users, 24x7x365 operations support, and what you get is an enterprise-class cybersecurity capability virtually eliminating internet browsing threats traversing the Internet Access Points (IAPs) while also optimizing and reducing bandwidth utilization."

"We're truly humbled to partner with By Light on this groundbreaking program with DISA," said Poornima DeBolle, Chief Product Officer, Menlo Security. "Our partnership with the By Light team and the CBII Program Management Office (PMO) is a true testament to the value of the Menlo Security 'Isolation Core' architecture to deliver on their security and scalability needs to help defend the users of the DoD Information Network (DODIN)."

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. 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/.

About Menlo Security

Menlo Security, Inc., delivers security without compromise and helps enterprises achieve digital transformation to leverage the full benefits of the cloud. Its solutions are built on the world's first and only Isolation CoreTM, which delivers 100 percent protection against web and email threats. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Menlo Security is trusted by eight of the ten largest banks in the world, critical infrastructure, and large government agencies. It is backed by General Catalyst, Sutter Hill Ventures, Engineering Capital, Osage University Partners, American Express Ventures, Ericsson Ventures, HSBC, and JP Morgan Chase. For more information, ask@menlosecurity.com

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