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 CongressJun 24, 2019 - 10:15am

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EventJun 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
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Cybersecurity Series - Seattle

The rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape has been marked by more sophisticated attacks aimed at compromising and acquiring sensitive data as well as the disruption of organizational operations. Facing these growing threats, the importance of cyber insurance as a risk mitigation / risk transfer tool continues to grow for organizations of all sizes.

Letters to CongressJun 17, 2019 - 9:00am

Letter to Appropriations Committee in Support of Supplemental Funding for CBP

As stakeholders interested in the activities of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at land, sea, and air ports-of-entry (POEs) around the globe, we urge you to support the Administration’s request for supplemental appropriations to cover CBP operations for the remainder of this fiscal year.

EventMay 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
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Cybersecurity Series - Houston

The rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape has been marked by more sophisticated attacks aimed at compromising and acquiring sensitive data as well as the disruption of organizational operations. Facing these growing threats, the importance of cyber insurance as a risk mitigation / risk transfer tool continues to grow for organizations of all sizes.

EventMay 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
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Global Supply Chain: Future Trends

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host its 7th annual global supply chain summit, Global Supply Chain: Future Trends.

Above the FoldMay 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

Illicit Trade, Trade Disputes, and Future Opportunities for Global Supply Chains: A Q&A with SICPA North America's Jane Holl Lute

We talk to a former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for her insights.