National Security Task Force

The National Security Task Force is responsible for developing and advancing U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy related to cybersecurity, supply chain, customs and trade facilitation, public-private partnerships, and emergency preparedness. Chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor and first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, the Task Force is composed of approximately 200 companies, associations, and state and local chambers that represent a broad spectrum of the American economy.

The National Security Task Force is responsible for developing and advancing U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy related to cybersecurity, supply chain, customs and trade facilitation, public-private partnerships, and emergency preparedness. Chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor and first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, the Task Force is composed of approximately 200 companies, associations, and state and local chambers that represent a broad spectrum of the American economy. 

The Task Force advances Chamber priorities on national security by engaging Capitol Hill, the administration, and international governments. Working groups within the Task Force on cybersecurity and global supply chains identify current and emerging issues, craft policies, and insistently pursue reforms through advocacy. Information and communications technologies constantly transform commerce and create new vulnerabilities in the global economy. The Cybersecurity Working Group works to address these issues. The Global Supply Chain and Trade Facilitation Working Group, alternatively, focuses on trade, customs, security and their intersection with the global movement of goods at international borders. The group aggressively works around the globe to ensure that regulation and legislation are mindful of the economic need to facilitate trade and the free movement of goods to enhance U.S. competitiveness.

Last year, the Task Force launched its Cybersecurity Leadership Council, a group of businesses and associations that have come together to promote cybersecurity policy to promote the adoption of best practices and market-based solutions. By creating a forum for businesses to have an open dialogue about what is effective, missing, or needed regarding cybersecurity policy or practices, the Council directs Chamber advocacy and education efforts and serves as a key voice of industry for dialogue with policymakers.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJun 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Announces Alejandro Mayorkas as Chair of Cyber Leadership Council

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that Alejandro Mayorkas has been selected to serve as Chairman of its Cyber Leadership Council. Mayorkas’ term will begin in July.

Press ReleaseMay 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Brings Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign to Columbia

COLUMBIA — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Carolina’s SC Cyber, today hosted a cybersecurity summit aimed at helping small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.

EventMay 17, 2017 - 8:15am to 3:30pm

5th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

Building Tomorrow's Networks Today

LetterMay 01, 2017 - 3:45pm

Letter to House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Supporting the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017

This letter was sent to the members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in support of H.R. 2105, the “NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017.”

CommentApr 25, 2017 - 11:15am

New York State Department of Financial Services' Proposed Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies

This letter regarding proposed Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies was sent to Cassandra Lentchner, Deputy Superintendent for Compliance, New York State Department of Financial Services, on November 14, 2016.

CommentApr 13, 2017 - 2:00pm

Comment Letter on Draft Report on Strategic U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity

This letter regarding the Draft Report on Strategic U.S. Government Engagement in International Standardization to Achieve U.S. Objectives for Cybersecurity was sent to Michael Hogan and Elaine Newton at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on September 24, 2015.

LetterApr 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to NIST on Proposed Updates to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

This letter regarding proposed updates to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity was sent to Edwin Games at the National Institute for Standards and Technology on Monday, April 10, 2017.

Issue BriefApr 05, 2017 - 12:15pm

2017 Cybersecurity Policy Priorities

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made economic growth its driving focus for 2017. Recent years have seen a surge of business and government investments and innovations in the field of cybersecurity. Policy developments used to be driven almost exclusively by government, but today companies are valuable partners in the quest to protect U.S. networks and information systems.

LetterMar 29, 2017 - 1:30pm

MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act Letter to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

This letter was sent to Senators Thune and Nelson and copied to the full Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in support of the “MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act,” which was introduced this morning by Senator Schatz.

LetterDec 05, 2016 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber comment letter on AICPA's cybersecurity initiative

Mimi Blanco-Best American Institute of CPAs 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004   Dear Ms. Blanco-Best: