2019 is the year that "breach fatigue" went mainstream -- with new stories popping up everyday about the theft of personal data, stolen password databases, or ransomware shutting down state and local governments.
"The impact of these threats is very real. It's important to recognise that the numbers, highlighting increases or decreases of certain types of attacks, only tell a fraction of the story."
Spear phishing is widespread with 43 percent of organizations being the victim of a spear-phishing attack in the past 12 months.
The tally by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future found that at least 170 county, city or state government systems have been attacked since 2013, including at least 45 police and sheriff's offices.
Cyber criminals are poised to step up their attacks on the millions of devices now connected to the Internet of Things both in offices and homes.
Cyber security researchers are now dubbing it as a new form of malware attack that doesn't demand ransom but permanently destroys data. "In other words, the researchers said, the payload delivered in Tuesday's outbreak wasn't ransomware at all.
In the upcoming Windows Fall Creators Update, the company will power Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) with its cloud-based security intelligence.
Stoltenberg said the "attack in May and this week just underlines the importance of strengthening our cyber defenses and that is what we are doing."
The new cyber attack started massively affecting dozens of companies and institutions in the world, beginning with Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday, and now spreading to Asia and Australia on Wednesday.
The first reports of trouble came from Ukrainian banks, Kiev's main airport and Rosneft, in a major incident reminiscent of the recent WannaCry virus.
Ukraine's delivery service company Nova Poshta, which was also attacked, identified the virus that hit its computers as Petya.A, a type of ransomware.