Launch 2023: The Carolinas Credit Union League

Aunalytics to Present at LAUNCH 2023, a Premier Event for the Carolinas’ Credit Unions in February

Leading Data Management and Analytics Company Will Feature Its Aunalytics Daybreak for Financial Services and How Credit Unions Can Expand Wallet Share by Gaining Member Insights and Increasing Engagement

South Bend, IN (January 31, 2023) - Aunalytics, a leading data management and analytics company delivering Insights-as-a-Service for mid-market businesses, announced today that Aunalytics Relationship Manager Brad Thien will deliver a talk at LAUNCH 2023, an event for the Carolinas’ credit unions. Thien’s talk, Insights Hiding in Your Data Can Increase Customer Engagement and Expand Wallet Share, will take place on February 10, 2023. The company will also showcase its DaybreakTM for Financial Services advanced data analytics solution and demonstrate how credit unions can use artificial intelligence (AI)-powered data analytics to increase business wins and compete more effectively.

Daybreak for Financial Services enables midsize financial institutions to gain customer intelligence and grow their lifetime value, predict churn, determine which products to introduce to customers and when, based upon deep learning models that are informed by data. Built from the ground up, Daybreak for Financial Services is a cloud-native data platform that enables users to focus on critical business outcomes. The solution seamlessly integrates and cleanses data for accuracy, ensures data governance, and employs artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) driven analytics to glean member intelligence and timely actionable insights that drive strategic value.

“Gathering basic information about credit union members is relatively easy, but it doesn’t provide the highest value that can help anticipate their needs and drive greater revenue,” said Rich Carlton, President, Aunalytics. “Capturing more complex data, such as transactional data, and applying AI-driven analytics and predictive modeling to it often reveals significant business insights that guide more strategic decision-making about how and when to approach members, and with the products and services they are more likely to care about. We look forward to meeting with credit unions at LAUNCH 2023 and demonstrating how AI-driven analytics and predictive modeling can generate a 360-degree view of members and deep intelligence that enables highly personalized, more meaningful interactions that accelerate engagement and grow credit union revenue.”

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About Aunalytics

Aunalytics is a leading data management and analytics company delivering Insights-as-a-Service for mid-sized businesses and enterprises. Selected for the prestigious Inc. 5000 list for two consecutive years as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, Aunalytics offers managed IT services and managed analytics services, private cloud services, and a private cloud-native data platform for data management and analytics. The platform is built for universal data access, advanced analytics and AI – unifying distributed data silos into a single source of truth for highly accurate, actionable business information. Its DaybreakTM industry intelligent data mart combined with the power of the Aunalytics data platform provides industry-specific data models with built-in queries and AI for accurate mission-critical insights. To solve the talent gap that so many mid-sized businesses and enterprises located in secondary markets face, Aunalytics’ side-by-side digital transformation model provides the technical talent needed for data management and analytics success in addition to its innovative technologies and tools. To learn more contact us at +1 855-799-DATA or visit Aunalytics at or on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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Launch 2023: The Carolinas Credit Union League

LAUNCH 2023 - The Carolinas Credit Union League

February 9-10, 2023


The Carolinas Credit Union League

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa, Concord, NC

Aunalytics to present and exhibit as an Ignition Sponsor at LAUNCH 2023, powered by the Carolinas Credit Union League

Aunalytics is excited to attend LAUNCH 2023, powered by the Carolinas Credit Union League as an Ignition Sponsor. On Friday, February 10th, Brad Thien of Aunalytics will be speaking on how credit unions can use AI-driven insights to improve member engagement and increase wallet share. Event attendees can learn more about the Daybreak™ for Financial Services solution at the Aunalytics exhibit booth—Daybreak enables credit unions to more effectively identify and deliver new services and solutions for their members so they can better compete with large national banks.

Launch 2023: The Carolinas Credit Union League

Ransomware Attacks in Manufacturing Pose An Increasing Threat

Ransomware Attacks in Manufacturing Pose An Increasing Threat

Cyberattacks are a constant threat to organizations of all sizes. Manufacturing and production industries may have experienced fewer cyberattacks than other industries, but companies are still at risk from bad actors. To gain a better understanding of the current attack environment and track changes over time in ransomware trends, Aunalytics security partner Sophos commissioned an independent, vendor-agnostic survey of 5,600 IT professionals in mid-sized organizations across 31 countries. Out of all the respondents, 419 were from the manufacturing and production industry. This survey was conducted in January and early February of 2022. While it’s true cyber insurance has been playing a greater role in helping organizations improve their ability to recover from attacks, survey responses clearly indicate the rising threat ransomware poses to the manufacturing industry.

Cyberattacks Are Up From Previous Year

Ransomware attacks have increased significantly over the past year—55% of manufacturing and production organizations surveyed were hit by an attack in 2021, up 36% from 2020. Bad actors are now considerably more capable of attacking businesses and executing harmful tactics at scale. The Ransomware-as-a-Service model is one cause of this year’s increased attacks, as the required skill level for bad actors to hamper the day-to-day operations of an organization has gone down significantly.

55% of manufacturing and production organizations were hit by ransomware in 2022

Apart from the rising prevalence of these attacks, the sheer complexity of each attack is also on an upwards trajectory. While the manufacturing and production industry reported the lowest rate of ransomware attacks, but, with over half of all respondents in all surveyed industries reporting that their company was been injured by bad actors, the reality is that every organization is at high risk of attack. In 2021, 57% of attacks in the manufacturing and production industry resulted in important data being encrypted. Additionally, 59% percent of organizations who experienced cyberattacks saw the complexity of the attacks increase, while 61% saw an increase in the overall volume of cyberattacks.

57% had data encrypted in attack
Data Recovery Rates Are Improving

While the increase in cyberattacks paints a bleak picture, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud. 96% of manufacturing and production organizations were able to get some of their encrypted data back. The top method used to restore data was backups, which were used by 58% of organizations whose data was encrypted in an attack. Unfortunately, despite the utilization of backups, a third of the effected organizations still had to pay a ransom to ensure that more their data was restored.

Unfortunately, while paying a ransom typically allows organizations to get some data back, it is proving to be less effective than in years past. On average, in 2021, organizations that paid a ransom only got back 59% of their data, and only 7% of those that paid the ransom got ALL of their data back. This highlights the importance of employing multiple methods to restore data—utilizing backups in particular can improve the speed of recovery and increase the amount of data that can be recovered in the event of an attack.

59% of data restored in manufacturing
7% of manufacturers got ALL data back after paying the ransom
Ransom Payments Have Increased

The average ransom pay-out has seen an exponential increase from what was reported in 2020 data, rising from an average of $147K (USD) to a jaw-dropping $2,036,189 (USD) in 2021.

Ransom paid by manufacturing and production organizations
Ransomware Has a Massive Impact on a Company’s Financial Status and Operational Capacity

Even when some of the encrypted data is restored after a cyber-attack, there are additional costs in the form  of lost productivity and a decline in operational capacity, which can have a considerable impact on your company. Of those hit by ransomware last year, 77% said their most significant attack impacted their ability to operate, while 71% said it caused them to lose business and/or revenue. The average cost to remediate an attack in 2021 was $1.23M (USD), down from $1.52M (USD) in 2020. This was due in part to cyber insurance providers being able to better guide victims through an effective response more rapidly.

Although there have been improvements in total recovery time over the years, it still took, on average, one week for manufacturing and production organizations to fully recover from the most significant attacks.

Impact of attacks on manufacturing and production

Despite the huge economic costs of ransomware attacks, many organizations are continuing to put their faith in defenses that don’t actually prevent ransomware—only more quickly mitigate its effects. Most of the organizations in the survey who weren’t hit by ransomware in the past year and didn’t expect to be hit in the future cited backups and cyber insurance as reasons why they don’t anticipate an attack. It’s important to note that neither of these elements can actually prevent cyber-attacks.

Simply having security mitigation resources in place does not mean that they will be effective against malicious attacks. Despite having ample resources—in both personnel and technology—organizations will not achieve a high return on investment without a combination of the right technology and expertise to use the technology effectively.

Cyber Insurance Drives Changes to Cyber Defenses

Thankfully, organizations do not have to shoulder the burden of ransomware costs all on their own. The survey found that three out of four manufacturing and production organizations had insurance against ransomware attacks. Organizations that had been previously hit by ransomware attacks in the past were much more likely to have cyber insurance coverage against ransomware. However, many respondents indicated that securing coverage has changed or gotten more difficult to obtain in the past year:

  • 56% said the level of cybersecurity they need to qualify is now higher
  • 53% said policies are now more complex
  • 42% said it is more expensive
  • 35% said fewer companies offer cyber insurance
  • 30% said the process takes longer

As a result, 97% of organizations that have cyber insurance have made changes to their cyber defenses to improve their cyber insurance position. 70% have implemented new technologies and services, while 63% have increased staff training and educational activities, and 59% have changed processes and behaviors.

But It Doesn’t End There

The State of Ransomware 2022 survey by Sophos has revealed that ransomware continues to be an imminent threat for the manufacturing and production industry. For many, choosing an experienced partner with expertise in cybersecurity not only improves their chances of getting approved for the right amount of cyber insurance coverage, but can also ensure that companies see an higher return on investment and improved ability to both prevent and mitigate attacks in the future.

2023 Catalyst University

Catalyst University 2023

January 25 & 26, 2023

Catalyst University 2023

Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, MI

Aunalytics to Attend 2023 Catalyst University

Aunalytics is excited attend Southwest Michigan First’s Catalyst University 2022 in Kalamazoo, MI. Aunalytics is participating as a speaker sponsor and is pleased to present Mitch Albom, who is a best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician.

2023 Catalyst University

Poor Document Sharing Strategies May Share Too Much Information with Bad Actors

Poor Document Sharing Strategies May Share Too Much Information with Bad Actors

To share documents across your organization, it may be as easy as making a single click—but that doesn’t mean they are protected from malicious actors with bad intent. One mistake and you could be leaving holes in your security fabric, allowing hackers to access your company’s shared documents.

While file storing systems are a popular and useful solution, it can be dangerous to allow everyone in your company unimpeded access to everything they contain. Important company information, and many different files, live within document sharing applications—everything from job applications and budgets to employees’ personal information—which can make them a target for hackers. Document sharing applications can be risky if your company’s security and security training are not up to speed.

sharing dropdown in Office 365
How can your organization ensure shared documents remain secure?

When looking to keep your document sharing application secure there are rules you and your employees should follow to ensure quality cyber security. A few of these rules include:

1. Use a password manager

A password manager can users track a multitude of passwords, allowing for a different, complex password for each work (or personal) login and account the user maintains. Utilize this idea to organize your passwords, maintain difficult to guess passwords, and keep track of each one in a secure digital location.

2. Enable multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) requires you to perform a secondary action to finish logging into an account. MFA sends a message to a phone, or another device, providing you with a code that is needed to successfully log into your account. Without this code, anyone who has attained access to your email account cannot succeed in logging into your company’s network, even if they change your password and attempt to log in again.

3. Be choosy

Take the time to choose who can, should, and needs access to specific files and folders. If access is not essential to someone’s job, consider limiting their access to non-relevant portions of your document sharing solution. Removing access to HR or accounting files from someone who is in marketing may be a good choice to make. If someone needs a file from a location they do not have access to, many document sharing solutions allow you to create a link that expires after a certain amount of time. This link will only allow the receiver to view the file they need access to while they need access to it. After the link expires, the receiver will no longer be able to view the file.

4. Provide regular security awareness training

Regular cyber security awareness training sessions allow your employees to learn about new security concerns, kinds of attacks, and now to keep your organization safe from bad actors. Training employees to look for the signs of phishing, malware, ransomware, hackers, and security holes helps keep document sharing applications safe and secure.

When done right, document sharing is incredibly useful to every business, and can be done successfully by putting a little bit of extra effort into your cyber security planning. An experienced security partner can help keep your business safe from outside threats, allowing you peace of mind that your important files are secure and encrypted from bad actors.

Aunalytics, a secure managed services partner, can help you with everything from managing your IT services, to functioning as your SOC, and also provides  advanced security services. With a focus on helping mid-market clients, Aunalytics works with you, step-by-step, to help you succeed your security goals.