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

CommentDec 06, 2019 - 3:45pm

Coalition Comment Letter on "Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain"

This Coalition Comment letter was sent to the Department of Commerce, asking for an extension request for public comments.

Letters to CongressDec 06, 2019 - 3:45pm

ICT Supply Chain NPRM Comments Extension Request

Multiassociation letter signed by 26 organizations requesting the Department of Commerce extend the 30 day comment period to 90 days. Related to the ICTS Supply Chain notice for proposed rulemaking and EO 13873.

Letters to CongressOct 30, 2019 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 3055

This Hill letter was sent to the United States Senate, on H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2020.

Above the FoldOct 11, 2019 - 2:15pm
Internet security experts from Pen Test Partners show how a doll can be hacked at the 8th Annual Cybersecurity Summit.

Hackable Dolls, Tea Kettles, and Watches Take Star Turn at Cyber Summit

Every device connected to the internet is a potential entry point for hackers, botnets, and malicious code.

EventOct 10, 2019 - 8:30am to 2:00pm
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8th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, October 10th for the 8th Annual Cybersecurity Summit, powered by FICO.

EventOct 09, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
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Forging Better Cyber Outcomes: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 9th for a luncheon forum on Forging Better Cyber Outcomes: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

EventOct 09, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
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3rd Global Cyber Dialogue

Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, October 9th for the 3rd Global Cyber Dialogue.