Most organizations now know that malware attacks pose a major threat that they must protect against, but the trickier part is knowing what form the next attack will take.
One disturbing trend is cyberattacks with the sole goal of creating destruction. Cybercriminals traditionally have used ransomware and malware to make money or steal identities, this new "weaponized malware" has no purpose other than to destroy data.
NotPetya was one of the first forms of weaponized malware that did not try to gain data or a ransom, but it will not be the last. Cybersecurity experts warn that more weaponized malware is coming, and it will be worse than ransomware. Jessica Davis "Future-proofing security: Protecting against the new arsenal of weaponized malware," www.healthcareitnews.com (Dec. 6, 2017).