National and Cyber Security

Economic security and national security go hand-in-hand. We must have one in order to protect the other. The Chamber advocates for protecting vital U.S. assets—both physical and digital—to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and to promote the free flow of commerce and information that drives our economy and enriches our society.

To learn more, visit the Chamber’s National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department.

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Thx to Mayorkas former .@DHSgov #2 for keynoting today's @cyber conference cohosted by @USChamber & @saltlakechamber https://t.co/ufivukEuFC

03/23/2017

.@WilmerHale Ali Mayorkas discusses the importance of community in preparing for and responding to cyberattacks… https://t.co/UqHFLwIkSi

03/23/2017

.@SecuvantSec Todd Nielson: For our companies & clients less cybersecurity regulation is key #cyber17 #LetsGrow @USChamber @Saltlakechamber

03/23/2017

Our Position

A vibrant economy requires a safe and secure homeland. American businesses have a multifaceted stake in a strong national defense and homeland security policies that protect both our citizens and our vital assets like infrastructure, supply chains, and cyberspace. The Chamber’s National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department works with a broad coalition of private and public sector partners to find balanced risk-based solutions that strengthen security, reduce the cost of doing business, and provide regulatory certainty.
 

Cybersecurity

Along with the commercial benefits of a world interconnected through the web, an environment has emerged for bad actors to steal trade and business secrets, raid consumer financial information, wreak havoc on business networks, and even disrupt major utilities. These cyberattacks are on the rise and pose a real and growing threat to our national and economic security and compromise consumers’ privacy.

The Chamber is working to advance legislation to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity while educating businesses of all sizes about threats and the steps they can take to better protect their assets and customers from cyberattacks.

information-sharing legislation

  • The Chamber-led Protecting America’s Cyber Networks Coalition (the coalition) successfully secured passage of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 as part of the omnibus spending measure. The bill establishes a voluntary information-sharing program, strengthening businesses’ protection and resilience against cyberattacks. The business coalition beat back several efforts that would have diluted the protections (liability, regulatory, public disclosure, and antitrust) granted to organizations under the bill. 
  • Passing cybersecurity information-sharing legislation has been a top policy priority of the coalition, a partnership of more than 50 leading business associations representing nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.
     

Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Campaign: Improving Today. Protecting Tomorrow

  • Information security must be part of all businesses’ risk management strategies, and the Chamber has a national education campaign—Improving Today. Protecting Tomorrowto raise awareness of the National Institute of Standards and Technology cybersecurity framework.
  • Since 2014, the Chamber has organized eight cybersecurity roundtables with state and local chambers. More roundtables are planned in 2016. The Chamber urges policymakers to commit greater resources to growing awareness of the joint industry-National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework and similar risk-management solutions through a robust national education campaign.
  • The Chamber has also developed Internet Security Essentials for Business 2.0. This resource informs businesses about common threats, such as cybercrime, and outlines steps to protect their systems, data, and devices.
     

Chamber Launched Cyber Leadership Council

  • In 2015, the Chamber launched its Cybersecurity Leadership Council (press release). By creating a forum for businesses to have an open dialogue about which cybersecurity policies or practices are effective, missing, or needed, the council will direct Chamber advocacy and education efforts and serve as a key voice of industry for dialogue with policymakers.
     

Global Supply Chain, Customs, and Trade Facilitation

Supply chain, customs, and trade facilitation issues are critical to the economic competitiveness of businesses. Companies rely on global supply chains to access international consumers, source components for manufacturing, and compete in the global marketplace. Chokepoints, such as excessive customs procedures, ineffective security mandates, inadequate infrastructure, and burdensome or redundant regulation can have the same detrimental impact on commerce as tariffs.

The Chamber advocates for increased efficiency, predictability, and value in the global supply chain by:

  • Promoting customs modernization and reforming security so people and products can move safely and smoothly across borders;
  • Eliminating bottlenecks and disparities in logistics infrastructure and removing redundant or burdensome trade regulations to facilitate just-in-time delivery;
  • Ensuring the commercially meaningful implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement;
  • Engaging Congress to develop supply chain and trade facilitation legislation that includes business solutions to logistics, cross-border, and customs facilitation issues;
  • Aggressively responding to regulations and legislation that restrain supply chain facilitation and trade;
  • Promoting commercially meaningful commitments from our trade partners to advance global customs modernizations.

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Make no mistake about it – the aviation industry has been and will continue to be under assault from cyber criminals around the globe.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 9:30am
Letter

This comment letter, from U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness Executive Vice President Tom Quaadman and U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for National Security and Emergency Preparedness Ann Beauchesne, was sent to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Executive Secretary of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, regarding the proposed rulemaking on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Event

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign will host an event to discuss how the private sector can help combat human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:00am
Letter

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 11:15am