WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency awarded its first production other transaction authority contract on Aug. 20, the agency announced.

The production OTA contract, with a ceiling of about $199 million, was awarded to By Light Professional IT Services to support the Defense Department’s Cloud Based Internet Isolation program. The contract has a one-year base with four one-year options.

The Cloud Based Internet Isolation program falls under the purview of DISA. It’s meant to reduce the risks involved with non-mission-essential internet browsing by isolating the browser in the cloud instead of on the user end point. Isolation in the cloud is meant to prevent malicious code or content from accessing Pentagon networks.

“By partnering with industry, DISA’s CBII team determined a means to transform how [the Department of Defense] defends against internet web browser-based threats,” the DISA news release read. “This partnership will provide direct support to our nation’s warfighters by providing cybersecurity within the cloud while protecting the warfighter’s electronic devices from exposure to direct threats.”

Andrew Eversden covers all things defense technology for C4ISRNET. He previously reported on federal IT and cybersecurity for Federal Times and Fifth Domain, and worked as a congressional reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune. He was also a Washington intern for the Durango Herald. Andrew is a graduate of American University.

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