A rising tide of “dependency” upon the internet, is helping to fuel “profound social instability”, a World Economic Forum report has recorded.

Richard Bingley, Executive Director of the UKSP Global Cyber Academy, said:

“The WEF Global Risks Report is always a well-received and respected annual report among security professionals. 2018’s report is a really useful tool for major institutions and influencers to at last begin to challenge the overbearing cultural optimism that exists in relation to cyber technology.

Bingley, an author and academic, launches a London-based Think-Tank next week, to openly discuss threats, and provide policy options, related to weakly regulated technology, cyber-enabled-extremism and information warfare.

Half the planet is now online, and most of them are surfing upon insecure communications to carry out financial transactions and/or social networking. For sure, these 3.5 billion users’ have benefitted in many ways from internetworking. But we are now moving into an era whereby personal security, privacy and dignity is facing alarming threat levels.

Mr Bingley added:

“The aim of our Colleges and new security Think-Tank is to really help citizens and authorities to enhance their own levels of personal competency and responsibility in order to match the clearly increasing threat levels.

“Like car-driving, the internet is a liberating and exciting vehicle for humanity. But we’re now at the point where we probably all need a few lessons and a cyber security driving test!”

Why is Cyber so Important?

  • The Cyber Security sector is worth more than $100bn
  • The average annual wage for Cyber Security jobs is above $80,000
  • Cyber Security ranks 17th out of 100 for top jobs in the U.S.
  • By 2019, cyber-crime will cost $2trillion to the global economy, say Forbes
  • Cyber Security jobs are expected to grow by at least 20%
  • Internet users have risen from 700 million (year 2000) to 3.2 billion, says the UN
  • 50 Billion devices will be internet-enabled by 2020, report Cisco

Richard Bingley’s Books:

Security Consultant’s Handbook (2015) IT Governance Press

Just the Facts: Terrorism (2003) Heinemann Education

Just the Facts: Arms Trade (2002) Heinemann Education

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2018 can be accessed at: