Business leaders are signalling rising concern about non-economic risks such as cyber and politics, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Executive Opinion Survey, an annual poll in which more than 12,500 executives across 140 countries were asked to identify the global risks of highest concern for doing business in their country. Explore the survey results below, or read an overview of the threats on the minds of business leaders worldwide on BRINK.

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Data from the Executive Opinion Survey, which looks at the risks explored in the Forum’s annual Global Risks Report through the prism of the private sector, offers important insights into shocks that may disrupt not only industries, but also societies. 

Globally, unease about large cyber-attacks jumped three ranks from eight in 2017 to five in 2018; in 2016, it ranked eleven globally. In advanced economies, the risk of large cyber-attacks remains the number one executive concern. It retains the top spot in North America and East Asia and the Pacific, and has also risen four places to number one in Europe. 

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Broad-based apprehension about national governance failure continues to grow as well. Now ranking second globally, it also occupies this position in the list of executive concerns in emerging markets, having risen steadily from eleven to six to five in advanced economies since 2016.  

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