The US government has watered down its much-anticipated online security plans.
Tough requirements for the private sector to protect systems, which were a feature of earlier drafts, have been removed.
The revised plan states only that the government should lead internet users by example, and limits its role to mere encouragement of businesses to keep their networks secure.
The US government is also expected to promote greater use of antivirus software and other security tools.
US security experts described the new strategy as "toothless".
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