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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

LetterJul 25, 2017 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber-ITI Letter on Cyber Marketplace Transparency

This letter was sent to Thomas McDermott, DAS for Cyber Policy, DHS; Adam Sedgewick, Technology Policy Advisory, Department of Commerce; and Brian Peretti, Director, Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Department of Treasury.

ReportJul 24, 2017 - 12:00pm

NEMA Building Operational Public Private Partnerships

The purpose of the “Building Operational Public Private Partnerships” is to provide a guide for state, local, tribal, territorial governments and private sector businesses attempting to build public private partnerships to serve the interdependent needs of the community. Specifically, the guide is designed for those organizations that intend to collaborate before a disaster (e.g., preparedness, planning, training, exercises), coordinate operationally during an event (e.g., incident (crisis, disaster, emergency, Stafford/Non-Stafford, response), and collaborate post-event (e.g., incident (recovery, mitigation and resilience activities) consistent with Grant Guidance and prevailing doctrine through the National Preparedness System and Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA).

Above the FoldJul 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
Boardroom

5 Reasons CEOs Should Have Cybersecurity Top of Mind

Today’s modern cybersecurity landscape goes well beyond the realm of information technology.

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.