Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Division

American business has a multifaceted stake in a strong national defense and a homeland security policy that safeguards Americans while also protecting their mobility, their freedom and their way of life. If terrorism or the threat of it chokes off our ability to move people and goods in a global economy, we will pay a tremendous price in growth and prosperity.

About the Department

The Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Division advocates on behalf of the Chamber’s members who have a direct stake in homeland and national security issues. Through its National Security Task Force (NSTF) and working groups, the department works with Congress, the administration and international governments and institutions to provide a competitive and secure global trade environment, strong private sector cyber networks and systems, and a disaster resilient business community.

National Security Task Force

The National Security Task is made up of more than 400 companies, associations, and state and local chambers of all sizes. The Task Force advocates its policy positions through outreach to Congress, regulatory filings with agencies, engagement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other administration officials, communication with the media, and public forums with elected/appointed officials and members of the business community. The Task Force makes recommendations and offers solutions to Washington leaders on an array of homeland and national security challenges such as critical infrastructure protection and resilience, cybersecurity, supply chain, and customs and trade facilitation.

Cybersecurity Working Group

The Chamber urges policymakers to focus on improving coordination, and bridging the preparedness and response gaps that exist among businesses and federal, state, and local responders. More than 85% of critical infrastructure in the United States is owned and operated by the private sector. Cyber response capabilities are not always well coordinated due to inadequate information sharing. Public-private partnerships are vital because the “response baton” may need to be passed quickly from industry to the public sector, such as law enforcement authorities, because either the nature of a cyberattack outstrips a company’s ability to respond effectively, or it may be difficult to determine whether the attacker is a mischief-maker, an insider, or a nation-state.

Global Supply Chain Security Working Group

Supply chain, customs and trade facilitation issues are critical to the economic competitiveness of businesses. Companies rely on these global supply chains to access international consumers, source for component inputs and compete in the global marketplace. Chokepoints, such as excessive customs mandates, ineffective security mandates, inadequate infrastructure, and burdensome or redundant regulation can have the same detrimental impact on trade as tariffs. The Chamber advocates for increased efficiency and predictability in the global supply chain by promoting customs modernization, eliminating bottlenecks and inequities in the logistics infrastructure, reforming security, and removing redundant or burdensome trade regulations to facilitate the just-in-time delivery and production environment.

Recent Activity

EventApr 11, 2019 - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Hartford, CT

Cybersecurity Series: Hartford, CT

The rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape has been marked by more sophisticated attacks aimed at compromising and acquiring sensitive data as well as the disruption of organizational operations. Facing these growing threats, the importance of cyber insurance as a risk mitigation / risk transfer tool continues to grow for organizations of all sizes. 

Press ReleaseApr 10, 2019 - 3:45pm

Cyber Risk Assessment for U.S. Businesses Holds Steady for First Quarter of 2019

Assessment of Business Cyber Risk report provides risk trends and tips to improve cybersecurity

Letters to CongressMar 07, 2019 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Supporting Bill Evanina's (Director, NCSC) Nomination

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports and urges the swift confirmation of the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC).

Letters to CongressFeb 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

Legislative Endorsements and Scorecard

February 27, 2019 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

Letters to CongressFeb 07, 2019 - 2:30pm

Multi-Association White House Letter: IoT Cybersecurity

February 7, 2019 Grant M. Schneider Federal Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Director for Cybersecurity The White HouseAbigail A. SlaterSpecial Assistant to the President forTechnology, Telecom, and Cyber PolicyThe White House Dear Mr. Schneider and Ms. Slater:

EventJan 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking

Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. Please join us on January 24 as the U.S. Chamber hosts an event highlighting the key role businesses play in preventing human trafficking. The event will feature top experts from government and the private sector who will discuss tools and best practices as well as innovative approaches to supply chain management.

EventNov 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
CIRM

Critical Infrastructure Risk Management: A Path Forward

On Friday, November 16 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host a conference—Critical Infrastructure Risk Management: A Path Forward.

Letters to CongressNov 12, 2018 - 4:30pm

Early Engagement Opportunity—Implementation of National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

November 12, 2018Via www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/index.htmlLinda W. NeilsonDirectorDefense Acquisition Regulation SystemDepartment of DefenseAlexandria, VA 22350 

EventOct 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Transatlantic Cybersecurity Luncheon

Recent incidents, such as the German Bundestag cyberattack, U.S. presidential election, and the costly malware attacks WannaCry and NotPetya, have highlighted cybersecurity as a major challenge for governments and businesses worldwide.