If you’ve read my memoir Security Mom (if you haven’t you should!) you know much of my professional life has been about empowering people to take their security into their own hands. Whether it’s being prepared for the next hurricane or empowering children in the event something happens, security starts at home.

I am also a mother of three and it can be difficult to juggle everyday activities and the planning that goes into making sure our families are prepared for every scenario. …


By all accounts the crowds in DC tomorrow are expected to be historic.

With the nation divided and protests already occurring around President Donald Trump’s inauguration, it might seem that now is a good time to avoid large public gatherings. But Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington is resolutely aimed at being a peaceful and meaningful demonstration against discrimination and hatred. Given this, it is important that none of us let a few bad apples deter us from participating.

For those planning to attend, whether in Washington or any of the cities where marches and rallies are being held, here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe — remaining vigilant…


If this election season were given a movie rating, it would definitely be an R (and, sadly, sometimes even veering to the fringe of an X). We all have been exposed to an onslaught of language, visuals, and anger rarely seen in American politics. Republican candidate Donald Trump is even talking about the potential of a rigged election, challenging the very foundations of our democracy and the sense of stability we have known as a nation since our creation.

The campaign will end soon, but parenting never does. I never thought that a campaign and election season would be one…


While the final presidential debate brought up discussions around protecting our borders and deporting drug traffickers, Chris Wallace (and every other debate moderator this election cycle) never asked about how our presidential candidates will address the very real public health crisis stemming from opioid and heroin abuse. Every day, the epidemic is killing 78 Americans and it is creating enormous risk for our next commander in chief who will be in charge of handling this crisis.

So, why is a security expert like me concerned about drug abuse? Our homeland defenses are focused on risk planning — terrorism is a…


It’s hard to avoid all the mayhem these days.

The violence that has overwhelmed this nation recently is inexplicable in many ways, and yet familiar in others. Killings by cops, cops being killed: name the city — Dallas, Baton Rouge or any other — and then add on a mass shooting in Orlando and international terrorism in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq.

And that’s just in the last two weeks.

It hits home. This is our homeland. And while policy debates about immigration, airport security and gun control animate our adult conversations, our children are absorbing all this in ways that we wish they weren’t. And the notion of shielding…


Looking beyond the economic implications this vote will have on Europe and the world

My knowledge of British politics tends to be focused on my odd obsession with the Miliband brothers and WWJKD (what would JK Rowling do). What I do know about are safety and security issues and #Brexit has left me annoyed and a little bit nervous.

The initial commentary about #Brexit tends to focus on the economic issues, and understandably so. That is the primary impact right now. But for those of us in the security field this decision opens up a whole host of concerns that will eventually have to be addressed.

Will this impact law enforcement and intelligence sharing?


A Starter Kit

The threats we face as a nation are real, but they shouldn’t be paralyzing. For too long, those like me in the security world have done much to get you worried — ISIS, Zika, random gun violence, hurricanes, oh my . . . but not much to get you ready. We’ve managed to talk about risk in a way that makes people tune out or freak out. And our kids are absorbing information about the world in ways that can cause fear and unease.


It’s a matter of precedent and perspective

I’ve been on the side of Apple in the encryption battle they are having with the FBI in the San Bernardino terrorism investigation. As has been reported on extensively, there is a big divide in the national security community about this case. Many, like me, believe that the vulnerabilities of developing a government backdoor to secure systems will be manipulated by those who would want to harm us. None of these systems are perfectly invulnerable, but the FBI essentially screwed up in this particular case. …

Juliette Kayyem

Got 3 kids, hubbie, security company, Harvard teaching gig, WGBH podcast & a dog. Couple gov’t stints. I look better on CNN. Best-selling author of #SecurityMom

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