The U.S. government "rarely follows accepted best practices" on cybersecurity and should "accelerate its efforts to make routine cyberattacks more difficult by implementing best practices for its own systems," according to a report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The federal government should lead by example in its efforts to urge the private sector to tighten security, upgrade cybersecurity processes and boost standards, the report added. It should also promote the exchange of cyberthreat data among private companies, but such sensitive data "should not be and would not be accessible to the government," the report said.

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