Mark Seifert co-chairs the global Cybersecurity and Privacy practice, helping clients prepare for and respond to cybersecurity incidents. A certified privacy professional and a former regulatory attorney, Mark offers insights and practical advice to clients addressing complex privacy issues. In addition to his work in cybersecurity and privacy, he also advises clients on a variety of matters including corporate communications, media relationships, thought leadership, and government affairs.
Mark has extensive experience within the US government, including 16 years with the Federal Communications Commission as well as service in all three branches of government. At the Department of Commerce, he oversaw a $5bn broadband infrastructure program. Mark also served as counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on telecommunications and technology matters.
Mark Siefert has led retained accounts, projects, and transactions with both public and privately-owned clients including AT&T, Facebook, GE, Abbott, and Southwest. He also serves as a board member for the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Areas of Expertise (7)
Privacy and Data Management
University of Virginia: J.D., Law 1991
Birmingham-Southern College: B.A., Pre-Medicine/Music 1984
Media Appearances (1)
Pride Without Parades: What the Fight for LGBTQ+ Inclusion Means in 2020
Mark Seifert, an openly gay partner at Brunswick Group and co-chair of the firm's cybersecurity and privacy practice, encouraged business leaders to seize the moment of COVID-19 lockdowns and attention on racial justice as an entry point to push for greater equality: "If ever there was a time to challenge preconceived notions and challenge the current state, it's now," he said. "It's now when we're all fighting a virus. It's now when we are taking a serious look at our relationship with the Black community. Let's rip off some of the old stuff and start anew."
2016 Global data valuation survey| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2016)
The survey results, which reflect the views of 208 buy-side investors and sell-side analysts across the US, UK, Europe, and Asia, offered good news for companies taking steps to address cybersecurity issues.
Cybersecurity introduction| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2016)
Cyber threats are generating some scary statistics: $400 billion a year in losses from attacks, with some larger businesses experiencing more than 12,000 attacks each year. But there is also good news. Companies are recognizing that cybersecurity is not a technology concern but rather a critical business issue and one they are preparing to deal with.
Unclear but present danger| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2016)
Security technology company McAfee has reported that its “malware zoo” – where it logs all the malicious software, or malware, it discovers – has grown at last count to 433 million species, around 70 percent more than the previous year.