22 Community Bankers of Michigan Annual Conference

2022 Community Bankers of Michigan Annual Convention and Expo

September 28-30, 2022

2022 Community Bankers of Michigan Annual Convention & Expo

​Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MI

Aunalytics Excited to Attend the 2022 CBM Annual Convention & Expo as a Platinum Sponsor

Aunalytics is excited to attend the 2022 Community Bankers of Michigan (CBM) Annual Convention as a Platinum Sponsor. Aunalytics will be demonstrating Daybreak™ for Financial Services, a cloud-native data platform which enables community banks to focus on critical business outcomes and make data-driven business decisions in order to compete with large financial institutions.

22 Community Bankers of Michigan Annual Conference

22 PACB Annual Convention

2022 Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers Annual Convention

September 22-24, 2022

2022 Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) Annual Convention

​The Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Aunalytics to Sponsor Entertainment at the 2022 PACB Annual Convention Gala

Aunalytics is excited to attend the 2022 Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) Annual Convention as a Gala Dinner Entertainment Sponsor. Aunalytics will be demonstrating Daybreak™ for Financial Services, a cloud-native data platform which enables midsized banks to focus on critical business outcomes and make data-driven business decisions in order to compete with large financial institutions.

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22 TechFirst Golf Outing (1)

2022 Technology First Golf Outing

September 21, 2022

2022 Technology First Golf Outing

PipeStone Golf Club, Miamisburg, OH

Aunalytics is Proud to Attend the Technology First Golf Outing as Drink Cart and Hole Sponsor

Aunalytics is proud to participate in the Technology First Golf Outing benefiting the Technology First Scholarship Fund. Aunalytics is a leader in offering managed IT services and security solutions to mid-market companies in the western Ohio region and beyond, and is excited to participate in an event that benefits young people interested in information technology-related fields.

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22 Wisconsin Credit Union CONNECT

2022 Wisconsin Credit Union Connect

September 21-22, 2022

2022 Wisconsin Credit Union Connect

Madison Marriott West, Madison, WI

Rich Carlton, President & CRO of Aunalytics, to Speak at 2022 Wisconsin Credit Union Connect

Aunalytics is proud be a Gold Sponsor of Wisconsin Credit Union Connect. Aunalytics will be demonstrating Daybreak™ for Financial Services at their booth, and Rich Carlton, President & CRO of Aunalytics, will presenting a talk entitled “Enhance the Customer Experience and Increase Market Share with AI-Driven Personalized Interactions” at 10:30am on Thursday, 9/22. Daybreak enables credit unions to more effectively identify and deliver new services and solutions to their members so they can better compete with large national financial institutions.

22 Wisconsin Credit Union CONNECT

Mi-GMIS 2022 Fall Conference

2022 Mi-GMIS Fall Conference

September 18-21, 2022

2022 Mi-GMIS Fall Conference

Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI

Aunalytics is Proud to Attend the 2022 Mi-GMIS Conference as a Silver Sponsor

Aunalytics is proud to participate in the 2022 Michigan Government Management Information Systems (Mi-GMIS) Conference as a Silver Sponsor. Aunalytics will be sponsoring the Vendor Happy Hour on Monday, September 19th from 4-6pm, and will also be showcasing our Secure Managed Services IT offering as well as our Advanced Security solution at our exhibit booth.

Mi-GMIS 2022 Fall Conference

22 Fiserv Signature Conference

2022 Fiserv Signature Conference

September 18-21, 2022

2022 Fiserv Signature Conference

Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Ryan Wilson of Aunalytics to Speak at 2022 Fiserv Signature Conference

Aunalytics is proud to participate in the 2022 Fiserv Signature Conference as a Platinum Sponsor. Aunalytics will be demonstrating Daybreak™ for Financial Services at Booth 103, and Ryan Wilson, VP Sales at Aunalytics, will presenting a talk entitled “Enhance the Customer Experience and Increase Market Share with AI-Driven Personalized Interactions” at 9:45am on Wednesday, 9/21. Daybreak enables community banks and credit unions to more effectively identify and deliver new services and solutions to their customers and members so they can better compete with large national financial institutions.

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22 Heartland CU Association Convention

2022 Heartland Credit Union Association Convention & Annual Meeting

September 14-16, 2022

2022 Heartland Credit Union Association Convention & Annual Meeting

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO

Aunalytics is a Keynote Speaker Sponsor at the Heartland CU Association Convention & Annual Meeting

Aunalytics is excited to attend the 2022 Heartland Credit Union Association Convention & Annual Meeting as a Keynote Speaker Sponsor. Aunalytics will be demonstrating Daybreak™ for Financial Services at Booth 225. Daybreak enables credit unions to more effectively identify and deliver new services and solutions to their members so they can better compete with large national financial institutions.

22 Heartland CU Association Convention

4 Questions Mid-market Companies Should Ask Themselves About Data Protection

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4 Questions Mid-market Companies Should Ask Themselves About Data Protection

Woman works from home on laptopWhen the working world went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many never returned to the office. This created new data-security challenges for many businesses, with an increasing amount of sensitive data now being stowed in the cloud, and workers continuing to access company data from off-site locations.

How safe is cloud security, which now often relies on “zero trust” security principles based on a user’s location rather than user credentials? While some worry that cloud security is less reliable than on-premise security, that’s not actually the case, particularly for mid-market businesses. The fact is that your data is actually more secure in a remote data center managed by security experts than by your in-house IT team.

You may feel a false sense of security by having your IT department guard your servers in a closet — but this strategy is extremely risky when it comes to data protection. It’s not standard for mid-market IT departments to possess expert skills in cloud security and data security, which are needed to properly safeguard data. Many mid-market companies, particularly those not in highly regulated industries, do not currently have Security Operations Centers.

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Enterprise Cloud Solutions Allow Businesses to Scale and Thrive

Enterprise Cloud Solutions Allow Businesses to Scale and Thrive

Enterprise Cloud Solutions Allow Businesses to Scale and ThriveAs your organization grows, so does the need for the benefits cloud computing provides. To stay ahead of the competition, your company needs to seize every opportunity in its sight. Enterprise cloud solutions are essential for increasing business agility and further bolstering chances of success.

Paul Delory, Senior Director Analyst at Gartner says, “Cloud adoption accelerated rapidly during the pandemic and will accelerate further in the years to come.” There are several new advancements in the global IT infrastructure that have made deployment easier, which enables use cases which were previously considered to be unfeasible.

To get the most out of cloud storage, however, you need to find a cloud computing solution that fits your company’s needs. An enterprise cloud solution is a natural progression for any organization that has outgrown an onsite, physical server. A switch to a cloud computing solution can be compared to switching from everyone in an organization from owning a basic car to everyone in your organization carpooling in an efficient high-performance vehicle. Everyone gets to pool the resource and share it, but can also maintain their individuality.

A customer does not need to buy a physical or cloud server—instead they buy CPU, RAM, and storage components to satisfy their data and computational needs. These solutions often have scalability factored in, and, as you have greater needs as you grow, cloud providers are able to open more CPU, RAM, and storage as needed. For any organization, this option is significantly more feasible than having to buy double or triple the CPU and RAM for a physical server that they have on site. Our Enterprise Cloud offers server space in a shared environment that partitions a particular user’s CPU and RAM needs, alongside other user’s CPU and RAM needs, into a single, larger, combined CPU provisioning—and a single, larger, combined RAM bucket that are both Enterprise-level.

Aunalytics has high performance infrastructure solutions that provide scalable platforms for all your needs—including hosting servers, data, and applications at any performance level you’ll need. With this elastic infrastructure, we can support your ever-expanding needs and ensure your business is able to leverage the most robust cloud computing environment. Our hosting solutions are backed by our expertise in data, analytics, machine learning, and more.

To ensure the highest level of reliability, we host our Enterprise Cloud solution through multiple geographically diverse company-owned data centers, which provides you with a highly redundant and scalable platform. This cloud solution is intended to keep your data extremely safe and accessible and is scalable to handle any level of I/O intensive workloads.

Access to a strong cloud computing and storage solutions enable you to experience true efficiency as you manage, run, and secure applications across multiple devices. To increase your business’s agility, and meet your needs and your clients’ expectations, consider using a cloud computing solution and leverage the benefits of a consistent infrastructure with the ability to dynamically adjust to your requirements.


4 Questions Mid-market Companies Should Ask Themselves About Data Protection

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4 Questions Mid-market Companies Should Ask Themselves About Data Protection

Woman works from home on laptopWhen the working world went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many never returned to the office. This created new data-security challenges for many businesses, with an increasing amount of sensitive data now being stowed in the cloud, and workers continuing to access company data from off-site locations.

How safe is cloud security, which now often relies on “zero trust” security principles based on a user’s location rather than user credentials? While some worry that cloud security is less reliable than on-premise security, that’s not actually the case, particularly for mid-market businesses. The fact is that your data is actually more secure in a remote data center managed by security experts than by your in-house IT team.

You may feel a false sense of security by having your IT department guard your servers in a closet — but this strategy is extremely risky when it comes to data protection. It’s not standard for mid-market IT departments to possess expert skills in cloud security and data security, which are needed to properly safeguard data. Many mid-market companies, particularly those not in highly regulated industries, do not currently have Security Operations Centers.

What’s more, it came to light at the end of 2021 that cyber-insurance renewals are becoming at times prohibitively expensive for all industries due to the exponential increase in cyber-attacks seen last year. The only way for mid-market companies in all industries to lower cyber-insurance premiums and ensure coverage is to implement enhanced data security measures.

Since data protection has become the most prevalent challenge in the cybersecurity market, it’s no surprise to see that according to Insights for Professionals, data protection is the main focus in 2022 for 85 percent of businesses surveyed; 37 percent plan to invest up to $500,000 on data protection in 2022, and 31 percent plan to invest more than $500,000 on data protection over the next 18 months. McKinsey also reports that 85 percent of midsize enterprises plan to boost their IT security spend until 2023.

All-Time High Cybercrime

Ransomware attacks increased over 105%Still, it would be misleading to imply that cloud security comes with no challenges. One of the biggest ongoing concerns are ransomware attacks, which increased over 105 percent in 2021. Cybercriminals continue to attain new levels of sophistication, with payment demands skyrocketing into tens of millions of dollars. According to McKinsey, the costs related to cybercrime will continue to ascend in the coming years, with a 15 percent yearly increase leading to cybercrime costs reaching $10.5 trillion a year in 2025. Looking ahead over the next decade, by 2031, Cybersecurity Ventures estimates ransomware costs alone should reach $265 billion.

McKinsey reports that there are multiple motivations for these attacks, headed by the fact that pandemic-weary companies have become ripe for security vulnerabilities. Also, as advancing digitization continues to drive connectivity and employees now log in from anywhere — including unsecured home networks — it makes life easier for ransomware hackers. The traditional smash and grab approach is now being replaced with bad actors “dwelling” undetected within victims’ environments, which gives cybercriminals the lay of the land in understanding where the highest value information resides before selling it to the highest bidder.

Another motivation for the continued attacks is their success: as more companies are forced to pay ransoms, hackers are further incentivized to build on their well-paid victories and continue innovating on this lucrative threat. Specific sectors are particularly at risk; keep in mind that in the U.S., supply-chain attacks rose 42 percent in Q1 of 2021, victimizing as many as 7 million people, while McKinsey shared that “security threats against industrial control systems and operational technology more than tripled in 2020.”  The war in Ukraine has taught us lessons about attacks compromising infrastructure, utilities and government that can debilitate nations and be weaponized.

Paying Up

These massive numbers can seem overwhelming, and can also make it difficult to tell how much a ransomware attack can affect an individual company. To give you some perspective, consider these stats:

  • NPR reported that Colonial Pipeline paid a $4.4 million ransom after the company shut down operations.
  • CNBC reported that global meat producer JBS paid ransomware hackers $11 million.
  • Insider reported that global insurance provider CNA Financial forked over a reported mind-blowing $40 million post-cyber-attack.
  • The Washington Post reported that a ransomware attack on U.S. software provider Kaseya targeted the firm’s remote-computer-management tool and endangered up to 2,000 companies globally.

These costs are also just the tip of the iceberg for the companies victimized by ransomware hackers. Additional costs of such an attack include everything from paying third parties (like legal, PR, and negotiation firms), not to mention the opportunity costs of having executives, staff, and teams disconnected from their day-to-day roles for weeks or months to deal with the attack’s aftermath. Perhaps the biggest unaccounted-for expense is the resulting lost revenue.

Ask These 4 Questions

What can mid-market companies do in the face of these threats to their data’s safety? They should focus on strategies that address ransomware prevention, preparation, response, and recovery. Since this is an ongoing journey, threats continue to evolve and improve — so it’s critical to keep up to date with new threats of increasing sophistication, while being ready with cybersecurity strategies and best practices. The goal is to continue to build cyber maturity that creates a resilient approach. You may not be able to stop attacks from occurring, but when they do, they won’t have the same impact if you’ve prepared in this way.

As a starting point, these are four questions that every mid-market company should ask itself to determine the organization’s readiness for data defense:

  1. When it comes to our people, do we have security focused IT leadership, trained cloud security experts, and data security experts?
  2. When it comes to our process, do we have defined IT security processes for proactively managing the security posture of our environments?
  3. When it comes to our technology, are we 100 percent confident in our security tech and our ability to actively monitor and detect threats around the clock?
  4. When it comes to our cloud architecture, are we confident that it allows for scalability without sacrificing security assurances?

Security components: people, process, technology, cloud

If the answer is “no” or “I don’t know” to any of these questions, it is time to get your house in order — you are at risk. To stay alive, compete, and drive value, mid-market companies should shift their focus to data analytics, data management, security, and compliance. This requires a cloud-based data center, a cloud-native data management platform, and cloud-native analytics. Ensuring the right infrastructure to maximize the capabilities of data centers — and how they are able to manage and store data — is crucial to effective mid-market digital transformation.