August 15, 2018
EZShield, a portfolio company of The Wicks Group (“Wicks”) and the leader in digital identity protection and resolution, today announced it has acquired IdentityForce, the #1 rated identity theft protection provider for businesses and consumers. The acquisition expands EZShield’s identity protection ecosystem by nearly 50 percent, providing partners in every industry, businesses of all sizes, and consumers with the most secure capabilities and rapid restoration services. The pervasiveness of cyber fraud incidents and data breaches is estimated to cost $6 trillion annually by 2021.
“IdentityForce is a trusted, top-ranked leader in identity theft protection and their business is comprised of a highly customer-centric team of experts who are committed to combatting identity theft,” said Dale Dabbs, President and CEO of EZShield. “Whether it’s EZShield’s focus on exceptional customer service or robust cybersecurity tools, or IdentityForce’s award-winning mobile app and Social Media Identity Monitoring features, our companies bring unique and in-demand capabilities to fraud protection. Together, EZShield and IdentityForce will continue to deliver best-in-class solutions that raise industry standards in digital identity theft protection and cybersecurity.”
IdentityForce was co-founded by siblings Steven Bearak (CEO) and Judy Leary (President) in 2005. Since then, IdentityForce has grown to serve consumers, businesses, and governmental agencies. EZShield was launched in 2001 to help consumers and small businesses defend themselves against financial and payment fraud. Today, EZShield protects U.S. consumers and small businesses against fraud and identity crimes by partnering with enterprises, financial institutions, insurance companies, benefits providers, and warranty companies. Both companies share a powerful commitment to educate and develop identity crime prevention strategies. For example, EZShield sponsors the website, Fighting Identity Crimes, and IdentityForce offers consumers and businesses tips via its consumer and business blogs, monthly protection newsletter, and an annual eBook: Protecting What Matters Most.
“This acquisition unites two best-in-class leaders focused on world-class support with solutions built on integrity, security, and trust,” said Bearak, CEO of IdentityForce. “As cybercrimes increase in number and complexity, our combined expertise and our superior Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) ratings will enable us to provide the greatest digital security measures available. That’s our commitment to our customers.”
“We’re thrilled to bring these two companies together, with the goal of creating a combined identity protection and cybersecurity powerhouse,” said Daniel L. Black, Managing Partner at Wicks. “As we continue to educate businesses and consumers about protecting both their identity and their data, we’re excited about the acceleration plans ahead for EZShield and IdentityForce. This collaboration also makes tremendous financial sense. We expect to evaluate more meaningful acquisitions and organic growth opportunities as this sector undergoes rapid expansion.”
“The threats against identities and data are more significant than ever, and as such, the need for protection has never been greater. IdentityForce and EZShield are leaders in the identity protection space, and their consistently strong performance in Javelin’s ratings is a testament to their deep understanding and appreciation of the threat landscape and the needs of customers,” said Al Pascual, SVP and Head of Fraud & Security at Javelin Strategy & Research.