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By Light Acquires Federal Cyber Training Services Firm

Arlington, Virginia-based systems integrator By Light Professional IT Services has acquired Cabot, Arkansas’ cyber training services contractor Metova Federal. Terms of the deal were not released.

This is the company’s third acquisition since the company was acquired by private equity firm Sagewind Capital in 2017. New York City-based Sagewind tends to invest in companies with strong roots in the defense industry. By Light last acquired Phacil, a government-focused technology services contractor, in March 2019. The company bought Axom Technologies a little over a year ago.

Bob Donahue, CEO and founder of By Light, commented on the deal:

“We are thrilled to combine Metova Federal’s proven track record as a high-end, mission-critical cyber range and cyber services provider with By Light’s own strong cyber and intel practice. This acquisition will allow us to expand and diversify our cyber offering to better serve our customers.”

Founded in 2011, Metova Federal provides IT services to more than 150 organizations “as a tailored training solution provider.” The firm specializes in providing technology services and support, software development services, system and network engineering and administration, infrastructure design and installation, instructor-led and distributed training support. The company has been positioning itself as a premier solutions provider for the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and commercial industry, according to its website.

By Light also announced the appointment of John Wilcox to Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Wilcox previously served as Chief Information Officer/J6 for the US Special Operations Command. As part of his new responsibilities, Wilcox will focus on developing new capabilities and solutions for the company’s war-fighting customers, By Light said in a prepared statement.

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