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EZShield® and IdentityForce® combine Under New Parent Company: Sontiq™

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Sontiq is Two Identity Security Powerhouses, EZShield and IdentityForce, Now Working as One Delivering Intelligent Identity Security

NOTTINGHAM, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BecomeLessVulnerableEZShield, the best-in-class digital Identity Theft Protection and Mobile Cybersecurity provider that pioneered fraud restoration, and IdentityForce, the #1 consumer-rated service that pioneered personal information security, today announced that their brands have aligned under a new company: Sontiq.

Sontiq will unite both companies into one industry leader that can meet the evolving identity security needs of all of the audiences both companies serve – from consumers and partners to businesses of all sizes. Both EZShield’s and IdentityForce’s best-in-class products will continue to evolve with up-to-the-minute capabilities for a world that is increasingly connected and vulnerable to fraud.

The new parent company name, Sontiq, is derived from the Latin word “sonticus” meaning serious or critical. Sontiq’s Intelligent Identity Security solutions focus on protecting every aspect of an identity in today’s fast-paced digital world where security incidents, cyber threats, and data breaches are the norm. Protecting what matters most – identity – through award-winning customer service and ironclad protection is at the core of what Sontiq will deliver to its customers.

“Sontiq is a natural evolution for our two companies, EZShield and IdentityForce,” said Dale Dabbs, President and CEO of Sontiq. “Today, we are excited to launch as Sontiq and we are committed to defending consumers and businesses against cyber threats and identity thieves by providing the latest in product innovation and service excellence. Our smarter, stronger, and more integrated approach is built for the speed and volume of modern information sharing an approach we call Sontiq’s Intelligent Identity Security.”

Learn more about Sontiq’s story:

  • Sontiq.com| Learn more about the audiences and markets Sontiq serves, and how its brands, EZShield and IdentityForce, will continue to deliver best-in-class products and world-class services. Visit Sontiq.com.
  • Two-Minute Explainer Video | Understand more of Sontiq’s disruptive brand story and the strength in partnership between EZShield and IdentityForce. View now.
  • About Sontiq Datasheet | Get a snapshot of the new company and how EZShield and IdentityForce will continue to deliver innovation across multiple markets. Read now.
  • General FAQ | Additional answers to frequent questions around Sontiq, EZShield, and IdentityForce. Read now.

“Uniting our brands under Sontiq speaks to the evolution of the company and the breadth of the markets we are able to serve,” said Daniel L. Black, Managing Partner at Wicks, majority owner of Sontiq. “We have successfully introduced a number of new products and services during the past two years to outpace the rapidly changing ID theft environment. The Sontiq name acknowledges the transformation in the business that we envisioned when we initially invested in EZShield, and then expanded further with the IdentityForce acquisition. Sontiq preserves two great and trusted brands that are highly recognized and respected by millions of consumers, financial institutions, small and large enterprises and federal, state and local governments. We are excited to continue on the path of growing our business, innovating ahead of the market, and serving our clients with passion.”

Sontiq’s Brand Identity

The Sontiq brand icon is indicative of a thumbprint — the ultimate symbolism of a physical and digital identity. The icon represents the coming together of EZShield and IdentityForce through the two lines that form the “S” — showing the unification of two identity security powerhouses.

Learn more in Sontiq’s Press Room.

Intelligent Identity Security

Sontiq’s Intelligent Identity Security solutions focus on protecting every component of an identity in today’s highly volatile digital world where security incidents, cyber threats, and data breaches are the norm. This is at the core of what Sontiq delivers. Owning an identity is a serious responsibility, and through Sontiq’s intelligent and proactive identity protection and mobile cybersecurity product offering, we’re all less vulnerable.

Learn more about Sontiq’s products and solutions.

About Sontiq

Sontiq, headquartered in Nottingham, Maryland, is a high-tech security and identity protection company arming businesses and consumers with award-winning products built to protect what matters most. Sontiq’s brands, EZShield and IdentityForce, provide a full range of identity monitoring, restoration, and response products and services that empower customers to be less vulnerable to the financial and emotional consequences of identity theft and cybercrimes. Learn more at www.sontiq.com or engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or YouTube.

About EZShield and IdentityForce

In August 2018, EZShield, a portfolio company of The Wicks Group (“Wicks”), merged with IdentityForce, and became known as EZShield + IdentityForce. For a combined 60 years, EZShield and IdentityForce have helped individuals, enterprises of all sizes, and trusted partners protect what matters most — through secure, digital identity protection and resolution services that enhance customer relationships, while adding value to existing products. Together, they have trailblazed the identity theft protection space, receiving consistent recognition by Javelin Strategy & Research as a leader in Identity Protection, most recently as the 2018 Identity Protection Service Provider Best-in-Class award winner. Today, thousands of financial institutions rely on EZShield and IdentityForce’s award-winning solutions, all delivered on a secure, flexible platform backed by best-in-class customer support. Additionally, EZShield and IdentityForce provide identity theft, privacy, and credit protection solutions to consumers, businesses, and government agencies. With EZShield and IdentityForce, individuals and companies benefit from the most robust and award-winning identity protection to keep personal and business information safe. In June 2019, EZShield and IdentityForce unified as two distinct brands that sit under their parent company, Sontiq.

Follow EZShield on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, and engage with us on LinkedIn. Learn more at www.ezshield.com. Follow IdentityForce on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, and engage with us on LinkedIn. Learn more at www.identityforce.com.

About Wicks

The Wicks Group is a private investment firm based in New York City that invests in lower middle market information businesses that create and deliver niche content and services to the business, consumer and education markets. Since its founding in 1989, Wicks has invested over $1 billion of capital in more than 30 platform companies and approximately 100 add-on acquisitions. The firm has applied a consistent investment strategy since its founding, partnering with high-quality, experienced management teams to build businesses organically and through acquisitions. Learn more at www.wicksgroup.com.

©2019 Sontiq, Inc. All other trademarks or trade names are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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sontiq@moxiemettle.com

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Colombia based Digital Services Firm Zemoga launches first LatAm world class Device Lab to rival Silicon Valley Tech Giants

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With over USD $350,000 invested, Colombia is the first country in the region to offer a world-class Device Lab driven by design thinking and developed with the same level of quality as Google and Facebook in Silicon Valley

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BuildBetter–Based in Colombia, digital services firm, Zemoga, has created the first world class Device Lab in the region to validate, verify and test the design, deployment and operations of digital services they develop for their clients in the Americas. With this latest milestone, Zemoga becomes the first regional digital services firm with a dedicated facility of this level, which further proves the model of the exportation of services and innovation from Colombia pioneered by Zemoga, as well as the further development of design and engineering professionals in Colombia.

Software testing (manual or automated) is a critical component of the process that allows for the proper operation and usability of custom-built applications, which is why Development & QA engineers as well as UX/UI designers are often seen as product ambassadors who serve as mediators between the development team and users of these applications. For this reason, labs such as Zemoga’s become vital work environments that help ensure both the interfaces and mechanics are fully optimized, void of friction and deliver on the intention of the application for the business, and the user applications.

DJ Edgerton, Founder and CEO at Zemoga, explained that the Zemoga Device Lab had from its initial inception and planning set the bar to the highest level of technology and hardware available. “We consulted with our Sony and Walmart clients as to what the expectation was for their business, and then we just pushed it a bit further as we always have. We made an investment of USD $350,000 to our newly designed third floor where the Device Lab is located. We ran the process through design thinking methodologies, putting the user, which in this case is our staff, first.”

“The result is a beautifully efficient work environment that is second to none. Not only in Colombia, but in the world. There is absolutely no reason why this type of advanced technology and service cannot be available from Colombia. It’s a matter of having the courage and confidence to know Colombians can compete, and win, on the world’s technology stage.” added Edgerton.

Zemoga’s Device Lab is also an essential ingredient for any advanced interface developer. In order to perform tests, many companies must rent virtual and actual versions of devices to use, but with the Device Lab, Zemoga’s team will have the physical devices, upwards of 150 currently across multiple manufacturers and platforms, conveniently available on the fly through a custom designed toggle system to use and test directly. It is with this presence that Zemoga can perform tests and upgrades required for any product, on any device allowing them to have the best version possible for final consumers.

These labs, also known as digital farms, can cost between USD $3,000 and USD $7,000 per month to rent, depending on the level of effort required: a very high cost for companies that need to perform constant testing. For this reason, Zemoga developed the Device Lab to deliver for clients a higher level of quality and efficiency in-house in this often overlooked but critically important discipline.

Zemoga will now be able to synchronize the development of digital services with the three disciplines (Design, Development, and QA) in parallel, and they will have a custom space to discuss the nuances and needs of each project. “We’re not only offering a lab with over 150 of the latest and most widely used devices globally, but also providing a dedicated team with a high level of expertise in the experiential and testing automation disciplines of the software development process”, explains Edgerton.

The Device Lab, which is located in the firm’s Bogota HQs, responds to multi screen consuming trends and has more than 150 devices, including Smart TVs, Gaming Consoles, Tablets, Android and iOS mobile devices, Roku, Amazon, Apple TV and Nvidia Shields among others, all divided into separate work stations for teams to develop and test their projects.

Likewise, the project is part of the firm’s long term growth plan, which aims to more than double the company’s staff and revenue by 2021. To prepare for this growth, Zemoga opened the third floor of its HQs to also include a gym, a library, a museum, and the Zemoga Academy, a new venture providing a curriculum of advanced educational workshops and certifications for both Zemoga employees and professionals that are interested in expanding their knowledge in, software engineering, product and user experience design.

About Zemoga

With the best of design and technology, Zemoga creates digital experiences that supercharge its clients’ business with top talent who love what they do and who they do it for. With 18 years of experience, the firm is the pioneer in nearshoring digital services from Colombia with a 99% local team that keeps growing and being first in developing digital services in Colombia for Fortune 500 companies in the United States. Zemoga is a multicultural team with some of the world’s best digital thinkers, designers, technologists and creative leaders, all working together to produce and create apps, interactive platforms and other digital services that fits the needs of each project. Zemoga builds better, understands and supercharges its clients’ objectives to create innovative and high impact solutions for the reality of each industry and each organization.

For additional information, visit www.zemoga.com and follow us on Linkedin.

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Rodrigo Salazar

Zemoga Inc

(213) 285 0805

rodrigo.salazar@zemoga.com

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John L. Bowman Named Senior Managing Director of The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association

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Former Managing Director, Americas for CFA Institute comes to CAIA as organization is building its global footprint and embarking on the next phase of its growth

AMHERST, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, today announced that John L. Bowman has joined the CAIA Association and been named Senior Managing Director. Mr. Bowman is an industry veteran and previously held a number of senior roles with CFA Institute, most recently Managing Director, Americas.

In this newly created role, Mr. Bowman will oversee curriculum and exams and co-lead the global business development team.

I’ve long admired the work done by CAIA. With the credibility of the investment industry under scrutiny and long-term investor outcomes at risk, there has never been a more opportunistic time for alternative asset classes to play a greater role in recovering the narrative of the noble purpose of the investment profession,” said Mr. Bowman. “I could not be more excited to be joining CAIA at a very interesting point in the market cycle. Investors need to think about diversification of risk and the role that alternative investments can play and doing so must begin with the essentials of education and industry partnership.”

CAIA’s membership currently totals more than 11,000 from over 97 countries. In just the past year, the organization saw further penetration in current markets and expansion in many of the emerging market countries across Africa, South America, and the Middle East.

Our curriculum is at the heart of our mission and John’s partnership, on the business side of the curriculum, is an enormously important strategic development,” said Keith Black, Ph.D., CAIA, CFA. “I look forward to working with John as we expand our expertise through global markets and continue to further integrate our most senior allocators into all that we do.”

CAIA’s curriculum is overseen by an experienced team with a unique mix of backgrounds both as practitioners and in academia. Thousands of candidates take the first level of the two-part CAIA exam each year as the first step in earning the prestigious CAIA Charter.

The alternatives industry is entering a period where products and wrappers have gotten more complex and access has become more democratized,” said William J. Kelly, CEO of the CAIA Association. “CAIA must respond to this with more resources and recognize (and reconcile) the pureness of our educational mission with the complexities of building and running a global business. I am eager to have John join us and bring complementary skills to our existing curriculum and business development teams.”

Mr. Bowman, CFA, brings more than 20 years of global experience in investment management and product development. His executive roles at CFA Institute included overseeing the Americas, consisting of 40+ countries, 89 local societies, and 90K Members, where he was responsible for strategy, risk management, compliance, and operational execution. Mr. Bowman also served as Managing Director and Co-Lead, Education at CFA Institute, managing a global team that generated $180M in revenue annually from a portfolio of educational programs including the CFA Program, Investment Foundations, and the CIPM program. He spearheaded product strategy and positioning, curriculum and test development, exam administration, and grading. Prior to his time at CFA Institute, Mr. Bowman was an international portfolio manager at State Street Global Advisors and Mellon Growth Advisors. He has worked across the globe in London, Hong Kong, and New York and is a graduate of University of Mary Washington.

Today’s announcement comes just a few weeks after CAIA officially launched the FDP Institute and Financial Data Professional credential. This is the first credential designed for financial analysts working alongside data scientists.

The hallmark of any successful and growing franchise is a commitment to a core mission supported by a tight strategic, but complementary agenda,” added Mr. Kelly. “Doubling down on our curriculum at a time when we are looking for greater penetration in Asia, as witnessed by the recent opening of an office in Mumbai, along with the recently announced FDP Institute as an educational answer to the ongoing digitization of the investment process, rounds out our strategic focus for the foreseeable future.”

About the CAIA Association

The CAIA Association is the world leader in alternative investment education, offering the only education program uniquely designed for individuals specializing in institutional-quality alternative investments. The Association is best known for the CAIA Charter, an internationally-recognized credential granted upon successful completion of a rigorous two-level exam series, combined with relevant work experience. Earning the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a Member of the CAIA Association, a global network of more than 11,000 alternative investment professionals located in more than 97 countries. The Association supports 30 global Chapters in financial centers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America, including a Virtual Chapter that brings together Members from far-flung locations around the world. CAIA also offers the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments certificate program (“Fundamentals”), an introductory-level online course, designed to provide a foundation in the core concepts in alternative investing. This program represents a natural extension of CAIA’s mission to provide solutions to specific market needs for alternative investment education.

To learn more about the CAIA Association, contact Deborah McLean (413) 253-7373 or dmclean@caia.org. For more information on the CAIA Charter, please visit caia.org.

About the FDP Institute

The FDP institute was established to address the growing need in finance for a workforce that has the skills to perform in a digitized world where an increasing number of decisions will be data and analytics driven. The FDP institute offers the only global educational program and designation to bridge the gap between financial professionals and data scientists. The FDP credential offers expertise in data science and its practical applications in finance. The FDP curriculum was designed with the collaboration of academia and industry practitioners and is divided into two segments, the online prerequisite courses, providing foundations of mathematics, statistics and Python programming, and the FDP exam covering big data, data mining, and machine learning applications in finance.

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Chris Sullivan

MacMillan Communications

chris@macmillancom.com

(212) 473-4442

Deborah McLean, CAIA Association

Managing Director, External Relations

dmclean@caia.org

(413) 253-7373

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SCI Welcomes Industry Veteran to Advisory Board

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QUEENSBURY, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Subcontracting Concepts, LLC is very pleased to announce and welcome Chris MacKrell as a new member to the SCI Advisory Board. SCI’s newly formed Advisory Board has been created to provide strategic guidance and technical advice — ensuring SCI remains the leading third-party administrator as the last-mile supply chain is shaped by new forces.

Chris brings a wealth of knowledge in last-mile logistics to SCI. He will be instrumental in continuing SCI’s market-leading position as the preeminent third-party administrator for logistics brokers and owner operators in the last mile marketplace.

Chris is the co-founder of Custom Courier Solutions and served in various national sales and Senior Operations roles as the Manager of Business Development at CD&L and Regional Vice President – East Sales and Operations at AirNet, a $150M Air freight carrier.

Like SCI, Chris believes strongly in advocating for this industry. In 2013, he testified before a Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety on the key role Owner Operators play in the US economy. He served as the President of the CLDA – Customized Logistics and Delivery Association, formerly the MCAA, and the NYSMCA – New York State Messenger and Courier Association. Prior to his term as President, Chris served as a Chairman of both the CLDA & NYSMCA Government Affairs committee. The NYSMCA is the key trade association advocating for the industry in New York State. He is a recipient of the industry’s Distinguished Service award in 2009 and an inductee into the CLDA Hall of Fame in 2016. The CLDA is the nation’s largest logistics industry trade association. Chris has a B.S. degree in Business from SUNY Brockport. He currently resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

I am thrilled to be part of the SCI team. I have had nothing but great experiences working with SCI as both a client and member of CLDA and I am looking forward to contributing my industry expertise to SCI’s already market-leading technical innovation.”

Peter Fidopiastis, President and General Counsel, states, “We are very excited to welcome Chris to our advisory board at SCI. His track record in this industry is unparalleled, and his vast experience is something of great value to SCI and the future of our business. Mr. Fidopiastis added: “Chris brings a unique perspective in the industry that SCI has never had before.”

About SCI

Subcontracting Concepts, LLC (SCI) is the premier Third-Party Administrator (3PA) servicing the logistics industry. SCI provides its customers with competitive insurance programs, settlement Processing, and personalized customer Service for logistics brokers. Building software and services that can keep up with the demand of the logistics industry has always been our focus. Furthermore, everyone at SCI is dedicated to knowing more about our customers’ needs and adapting to meet them. The SCI team is continually collaborating on new and exciting ways to streamline owner operator enrollment, document management, and verification. SCI combines technology, personal customer service, and years of knowledge and experience to create a one stop shop to ease the burden of owner operator management. For more information visit www.sciadmin.com

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Brent Pickerd

(800) 821-5344

brent@sciadmin.com

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