Venable partner and retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett was quoted in a December 11, 2014 Communications Daily article on a Senate-passed cybersecurity bill. The National Cybersecurity Protection Act passed by unanimous consent and codified the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity role primarily through its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
"I'm surprised they passed anything to do with cybersecurity," said Admiral Barnett. "I just didn't think it was going to happen, so this is a step forward." Admiral Barnett said the bill "isn't as far-ranging a cyber bill as we could have hoped for, but there’s a greater likelihood that we’ll see more out of the 114th Congress." He added that short of better liability protections, tax incentives, or other incentives, "I don't think we can really expect major jumps in cybersecurity that have to occur in the private sector."