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

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
Glowing blue cybersecurity lock

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.

Above the FoldOct 01, 2018 - 12:00pm

Kicking Off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Government officials play an important role in supporting the cyber risk management activities of private sector entities.

EventSep 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Cyber Leadership Council Meeting

We’ll discuss current and pending legislative priorities and Department of Homeland Security’s National Risk Management Center.

LetterSep 13, 2018 - 4:15pm

Congress needs to swiftly pass S. 2392, the Cyber SAFETY Act of 2018

Cyber SAFETY Act Coalition Congress needs to swiftly pass S. 2392, the Cyber SAFETY Act of 2018Cyber technology companies are protecting America. Are you protecting them?SUMMARY

EventSep 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Cyber Incident Reporting Roundtable

Governments around the globe are imposing new regulatory and third-party led requirements for private sector entities to report cyber incidents. The proliferation of mandatory reporting requirements can lead to inefficiencies and increase costs of compliance.The Chamber is kicking off a multi-month effort to shape future advocacy on this issue.

ArticleAug 09, 2018 - 10:45am
Chemical plant with tanks.

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

Simplifying Payment Security for Small Merchants

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