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

EventAug 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Cyber Series

Virtual Cyber Series: Minneapolis

Join us at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Cyber Series: Minneapolis, a virtual program for entrepreneurs, business owners, and forward thinkers. The webinar will take place on August 19 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT via the Microsoft Teams Live Events platform. This event is part of the U.S.

EventJul 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Cyber Series

Virtual Cyber Series: Chicago

This event will focus on the road ahead and explore needs of businesses, including securing remote small business, digitizing essential business functions and migrating services to the cloud, analyzing the cyber insurance market, and securing and deploying new telework infrastructure.

Press ReleaseJul 28, 2020 - 9:00am

Assessment of Business Cyber Risk Shows Improvement in National Risk Score and Spotlights Cybersecurity Insurance as One Tool to Manage Cyber Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Assessment of Business Cyber Risk (ABC) report released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and FICO recorded a National Risk Score of 694 for the first half of 2020, an improvement over the previously-reported 688 in 2019.

Above the FoldJul 24, 2020 - 12:45pm
Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Insurance Comes of Age to Combat Growing Threats

We break down cybersecurity insurance, the market-based solution mitigating the impact of cybercrime, improving the security of businesses.

EventJul 23, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cyber Series

Houston Innovation Summit

The Houston area is home to global leaders in healthcare, finance, and oil and natural gas. Four Fortune 500 companies have significant operations in The Woodlands area alone. The Innovation Summit will explore the critical building blocks for the area to develop the local tech economy. The growth of technology-driven businesses will springboard our economy into the digital economy.

Letters to CongressJul 20, 2020 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021""

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021."

Letters to CongressJul 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

Coalition Letter on the Delay of Section 889 of the NDAA

This Coalition letter was sent to the members of the United States Congress on a delay of Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Letters to CongressJul 14, 2020 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 Homeland Security Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on FY21 Homeland Security Appropriations.

Letters to CongressJul 14, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 7331, the "National Cyber Director Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the members of the United States Congress, supporting H.R. 7331, the "National Cyber Director Act."

Letters to CongressJul 01, 2020 - 11:00am

Coalition Letter on Amendment 2193 in S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

This coalition letter was sent to Senate Leadership on amendment 2193 in S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.