Venable partner Jamie Barnett was quoted in a May 17, 2016 TR Daily article on how the next presidential administration should continue the work the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has done over the past eight years. This includes a continued focus on spectrum allocations, Internet governance, and broadband deployment and adoption. Barnett made the comments while participating in the Federal Communications Bar Association’s annual seminar.
Barnett said industry should push the government to “fill the market void” on cybersecurity and provide tax incentives, such as allowing deductions of cyber insurance premiums, to help smaller companies. Pointing to possible vulnerabilities in the communications, energy, and finance sectors, he added, “What I would tell the industry is, if you wait for [a large attack] to happen, then you will be regulated.”
Barnett suggested that NTIA and Homeland Security’s cybersecurity and communications functions be consolidated into a new department focusing on cyber communications and cyber space. He also proposed the position of deputy national security adviser-cybersecurity in the White House, but added, “It would probably take a huge cyber event for us to be able to do something like that.”