A report from George Mason University's Mercatus Center says the Commerce Department's voluntary cybersecurity framework could undermine online protection. The framework, released in February, recommends ways for critical infrastructure businesses to shore up cybersecurity. However, the report says the government's warnings are unrealistic and that companies already have intrinsic incentives to develop cybersecurity solutions based on industry norms, which "are more robust, effective, and affordable than state-directed alternatives."

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