For the first time, businesses are more concerned about extreme weather affecting operations in 2030 than they are about cyber-attacks, our recent survey finds. Extreme weather events have now surpassed threats to IT infrastructure as the top operational risk according to business perspectives.
The survey, which asked respondents to look at the risks they are most concerned about, identified Extreme Weather (43%), Cyber-Attacks (40%), and Interstate Conflict (38%) as the top three biggest concerns.
Not only are business operators concerned about Extreme Weather, almost three quarters (73%) of businesses say they have already been directly affected by it. The highest impacted industry is Manufacturing (86%) where operations are widely dispersed among physical environments and geographies. The Media industry also ranked high (83%), accounting for the risks involved in reporting on these extreme weather events at source.
Of all the extreme weather events, businesses were most concerned about Extreme Heat affecting employees (41%), followed by Heavy Rainfall and Flooding (37%) and Wildfires (33%). This makes sense because not only can extreme heat affect personnel with medical risks such as heatstroke and severe dehydration as a standalone factor, but it can also lead to associated factors related to extreme heat, such as wildfires.
Andrew Devereux, Risk Intelligence Manager at Healix, says:
When asked about the risks that would have the most impact on operations, Natural Disaster came out highest (34%) ahead of Societal/Cultural (30%). Despite this, a quarter (25%) of respondents said they had no plan in place to mitigate risk around Climate or Sustainability.
The survey report looks at other factors that could help businesses develop better risk management solutions, including the role of AI and data, as well as the biggest risks identified by respondents across markets, including the Middle East & North Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Africa. It offers informed and professional advice on the steps businesses should be putting into place immediately.