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

ArticleAug 09, 2018 - 10:45am
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Congress and the White House Rein in a Flawed Chemical Security Regulation

Bipartisan legislation constructively addresses a critical screening program for workers who access high-risk chemical facilities.

Above the FoldJul 27, 2018 - 4:45pm
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Simplifying Payment Security for Small Merchants

The PCI Security Standards Council has worked with the business community to develop guidance and recommendations.

LetterJul 26, 2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - H.R. 3359, "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Senate Majority Leader and Minority Leader in support of H.R. 3359, the “Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017.”

LetterJul 18, 2018 - 4:45pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security ahead of the Subcommittee’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill tomorrow morning.

LetterJul 18, 2018 - 9:00am

Key Vote Alert! - H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the Chamber’s recommendations for H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019.

LetterJun 27, 2018 - 4:30am

H.R. 5576, the "Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018"

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in support of H.R. 5576, the “Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018.”

LetterJun 19, 2018 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce ICANN WHOIS Database and GDPR

About the ICANN WHOIS Database 

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 10:00am

Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs as the Subcommittee prepares to consider the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill.

Above the FoldMay 23, 2018 - 3:45pm
Packages move down a conveyor belt at the DHL Worldwide Express hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Global Supply Chains Must Evolve as the Economy Evolves

Technology, free trade agreements, and improved infrastructure can improve supply chains and reduce barriers for businesses

EventMay 22, 2018 - 8:30am to 2:00pm
6th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

6th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

The Chamber's annual Global Supply Chain Summit brings industry and government leaders together to address the current challenges and opportunities facing global supply chains.