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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04/18/2017

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.

Timeline

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Comment

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
Letter

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 12:00pm
Press Release

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of National Security & Emergency Preparedness Ann M. Beauchesne today issued the following statement regarding the passage of the MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act through the Senate Commerce Committee.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
Issue Brief

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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:15pm
Letter

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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:30pm