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Active IQ can help make sure you are protected from Ransomware


Ransomware attacks are ever present and ever growing.  Just a few months ago, a pipeline operator here in the states was the victim of a ransomware attack, shutting down the flow of fuel and creating chaos at gas stations all along the east coast.  Not a lot of fun.


NetApp can help you protect your data and business operations with backup, recovery, and policy enforcement technology designed to mitigate the impact of a ransomware attack. For example, downtime represents the largest portion of the cost when recovering from a ransomware attack.  NetApp ONTAP helps to eliminate significant downtime with its rapid recovery capabilities.  Listen to NetApp’s own Matt Trudewind to learn more about avoiding downtime and other ransomware protection capabilities in this short video.


NetApp Active IQ plays a role as well.  Not only can Active IQ help eliminate security vulnerabilities, we’re adding new insights and guidance specific to protecting against ransomware. A new dedicated wellness card shows the actions needed and the risks addressed, so you can be sure your systems are protected.



Risks and actions tracked in the Ransomware Defense wellness area will include things like:

  • Volume snapshot count is low decreasing potential Ransomware protection
  • FPolicy is not enabled for all vservers configured for NAS protocols

And much more. 


I also recommend Matt's blog series on ransomware, which you can find here.



We have NetApp as NAS - can we somehow set Active IQ to alert if we have an increase in the amount of new/changed data compared to baseline trend?


@SAMI_KAPANENActive IQ doesn't have custom alerts. The team is looking at a way to detect ransomware attacks when they happen in the future. What's mentioned in the post above is the new capabilities to make changes to your system to prevent ransomware attacks from happening (i.e. prevention).