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

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.

Letters to CongressJun 23, 2020 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 3045, "Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification Act of 2019"

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Homeland Security, supporting S. 3045, the “Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification Act of 2019.”

EventMay 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Protecting Supply Chains During Coronavirus

Join us for a Global Supply Chain Series live web event Protecting Supply Chains During Coronavirus on Tuesday, May 19th, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. This virtual event will bring leaders and experts together to discuss key supply chain challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Letters to CongressApr 08, 2020 - 1:30pm

Letter on a Uniform Standard for Essential and Critical Workers

This letter was sent to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Association of Attorneys General, National Association of Chiefs of Police, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and National Governors Association urging a national credential standard for critical and essential workers.

Letters to CongressMar 20, 2020 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on CISA Guidance on Shelter-in-Place Orders

This letter was sent to the National Governors Association, all U.S. Governors, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties, relating to shelter-in-place orders and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s guidance.

EventMar 17, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Forum

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission was established in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 to "develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences." The finished report will be presented to the public on March 11, 2020.