Doesn't even make the top 10
> computer attack is the most significant threat we face as a society, ...
So the guy contradicts himself in the very next breath (way to go, speech-writers). However, he's still wrong.
In no particular order, the threats I feel are most likely to have the greatest impact on ME, would be:
- economic downturn (again!)
- violent crime
- property crime
- traffic accident
- ill health
- civil unrest
- energy prices (electricity, gas, petrol)
- bad weather
- social intolerance
and add on his particular paranoia: WMDs (surely an exclusively american fear? Bizarre, since they have most of them) and people messin' with computers doesn't even feature. Obviously the guy is telling his audience what they want to hear. By appealing to their vanity, he's obviously hoping to puff-up their own self importance (as if it needs any more bolstering), but his words appear trite and self-serving. He seems also to miss the point that to 95% of the world, the USA is a foreign intelligence agency - maybe there's a kernel of truth in his keynote, after all.