US businesses and organisations could be subject to cyberattacks as research into secure systems is “non-existent or too small”, a report from MIT has said.
It is one of a series of stark warnings from the University that the US could drop behind other countries in the world and miss out on important technological developments because of funding cuts.
Everything from brain technology to infectious diseases, defense technology and more are outlined as the 15 areas that will suffer the most.
The report also warned that other countries, such as China, are putting more of their resources into research programmes and that funding cuts can cause “long term damage” to the country.
One researcher, March Kastner, added that scientific findings may be “unpredictable” but pay off over time – in response to the report, ‘The Future Postponed’.
“Some areas of research are so strategically important that for the US to fall behind ought to be alarming,” the authors of the report said.