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 170 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.

Supply Chain Security Working Group

Supply chain, customs and trade facilitation issues are critically 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

Above the FoldApr 16, 2018 - 4:30pm
binary code and a security lock

One and Done? Not for NIST and the Cyber Framework.

Good cybersecurity contributes to a company’s bottom line, reputation, and competitiveness.

Issue BriefApr 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Global Digital Policy Declaration

The Global Digital Policy Declaration outlines ten principles that will help promote competitiveness and economic growth.

CommentMar 13, 2018 - 11:15am

Letter on H.R. 4668, the "Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act and H.R. 3170, the "Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act

This letter was sent to Chairman Chabot and Ranking Member Velazquez of the House Small Business Committee on March 13, 2018.

CommentMar 07, 2018 - 8:30pm

FBI This Week: Strengthening Partnerships with America’s Business Community

Listen to how the Office of Private Sector is strengthening the FBI's relationships with U.S. businesses to protect the nation’s economy and national security.  Audio Transcript

CommentFeb 26, 2018 - 12:30pm

Comment Letter on DHS Authorization

This letter was sent to Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on February 26, 2018.

CommentFeb 26, 2018 - 12:15pm

FERC Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Reliability Standards

This letter was sent to Kimberly Bose, Secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on February 26, 2018.

EventJan 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Securing Sport Event Graphic

Securing Sport 2018: The Business of Protecting the Future of Sport

This exciting forum convened leaders and experts from the world of sport, security, technology, law enforcement, civil society and youth affairs to focus on the key issues affecting sport and which are now under a global spotlight.

CommentJan 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

H.R. 3359 Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act Comment Letter

This letter was sent to Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on January 10, 2018 regarding H.R. 3359, the "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017."

Press ReleaseDec 14, 2017 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Brings Small Business Cybersecurity Education Campaign to Miami

Experts Discuss Cyber Challenges for Businesses and Opportunities for Public-Private Collaboration

Above the FoldNov 16, 2017 - 10:00am
A Macbook Air laptop infected by the 'Petya' ransomware computer virus.

How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware’s Mounting Danger

The estimated cost of this type of cybercrime approached $1 billion in 2016.