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

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

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 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.

Letters to CongressOct 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

Draft NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8228, Considerations for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks

October 24, 2018 Via iotsecurity@nist.govKaterina Megas and ColleaguesProgram ManagerCybersecurity for the Internet of Things (IoT) ProgramNational Institute of Standards and TechnologyGaithersburg, MD 20899

Above the FoldOct 15, 2018 - 9:00am
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Addressing Cyber Threats – Together

When businesses and government take steps to protect data, assets, and consumers, they're promoting a strong, secure, and resilient economy.

EventOct 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm
NextGen Digital Security

7th Annual Cybersecurity Summit: NextGen Digital Security

On Thursday, October 11, 2018 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Cybersecurity Summit: NextGen Digital Security. As the leading cybersecurity forum in the nation’s capital, renowned experts will dive into a range of topics including automation and skills gaps, financial sector cybersecurity, incident reporting, a live hack, and more.

EventOct 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:30pm
2nd Global Cyber Dialogue

2nd Global Cyber Dialogue

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host the 2nd Global Cyber Dialogue. This event will bring together influential policymakers from the international community to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting cybersecurity cooperation.

EventOct 10, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Forging a Collective Defense

Securing Cyberspace: Forging a Collective Defense

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and RealClearPolitics will cohost Securing Cyberspace: Forging a Collective Defense, powered by Raytheon. This event will focus on the collaboration between and among public and private entities to enhance security and resilience. Discussion topics will include:

Above the FoldOct 04, 2018 - 1:00pm
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The 3 P’s to Security for Small to Midsized Companies

Here are some tips that businesses of all sizes can do to check their information security programs.