Happy Independence Day

yorktown-surrenderTwo hundred and forty years ago a bunch of “terrorists” (one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter) signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and declared the founding of a new nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Not everybody in the colonies was in favor of the concept of independence.  There were many British born citizens of the colonies who we loyal to the King, and opposed to the band of brigands that were agitating for independence from England.  In many cases they were not treated very well for their beliefs.  One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.

We would not be truly idependent until the end of the Revolutionary War in on October 19, 1871, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered the British army at Yorktown, Virginia.  Independence was formally recognized in the Treaty of Paris signed on September 3,1783.  The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights was still off in the future (1789.)

This spring I was working in Richmond, Virginia, and had a chance to stay a while and tour Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown.  Yorktown had a driving tour of the battlefield, trenches, and fortifications. When we got to the place where Cornwallis gave his sword to George Washington, a chill went through me, as I realized that our country had started right there.  I still get chills when I think of it, even now as I write this.

So take a minute, in this election year, and remember what it is about the United States that makes it special, different, and inherently better.  Are we still that nation?  If you don’t like what has happened to this country over the last 15 years, what are you willing to do about it?

Enjoy your family and friends today and take in the fireworks, but remember what this day is really about.



About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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