This year's report maps 31 global risks according to the level of concern, likelihood and impact, and interconnections among them. Of these risks they identify the Top 10 Risks of Highest Concern and they have also included a fascinating discussion on what they call "Digital Disintegration" which examines cyberspace and its future for the globe.
The graphic below shows the 31 global risks and their categories including how the Top 10 Risks are detailed.
Of course as I look at the 31 risks, I am very interested in the "critical infrastructure-centric" issues that the WEF survey participants highlighted. My own personal "Top 10" list includes the following from the list of 31:
- Economic: Failure/shortfall of critical infrastructure
- Environmental: Greater incidence of extreme weather events
- Environmental: Greater incidence of natural catastrophes
- Environmental: Greater incidence of man-made environmental catastrophes
- Environmental: Water Crises
- Geopolitical: Large-scale terrorist attack
- Societal: Mismanaged urbanization (inadequate infrastructure and supply chains)
- Technological: Breakdown of critical information infrastructure and networks
- Technological: Escalation of large-scale cyber attacks
- Technological: Massive incident of data fraud/theft