Franklin Square, NY - November 12th, 2014 - Given the unpredictability of security in today’s world, Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), which consists of water district commissioners representing 21 Long Island water districts, recently held a presentation on the topic, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, led by Total Technology Solutions of Melville, NY. Featuring discussions by Total Technology Solutions Managing Partner Tim McKnight of Melville, NY and Director of Client Services Dan Bernard of Rocky Point, NY, this presentation was part of the Association’s ongoing Educational Series.
Mr. McKnight pointed out, “optimally configured and well-protected networks are far tougher for saboteurs and hackers to penetrate. Safeguarding Long Island’s water districts against such attacks as sabotage, aggressive viruses or data breaches begins with a comprehensive Continuity and Recovery Plan (C&RP), and Information Technology is the lifeline to ensure that water delivery will be unaffected and uninterrupted.”
“If a district’s Information Technology (IT) network is compromised or goes down, whether from natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy or aggressive intrusions, public welfare is at risk,” stated NSWCA 1st Vice-President and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Thomas Hand.
NSWCA member and Commissioner of South Farmingdale Water District Gary Brosnan cited fiscal responsibility. “Commissioner-run districts operate within approved budgets,” said Mr. Brosnan “Each district is constantly mindful of expenses, and every program must be accurate in scope and costs.”
Mr. Bernard explained, “There could be significant cost savings with a Continuity and Recovery Plan in place that makes intrusion prevention more effective and intrusion detection far easier.”
Howard Abbondondelo, NSWCA President and Albertson Water Commissioner, commented, “Even though no commissioner-run water district had interrupted water delivery during Superstorm Sandy, the NSWCA endorses having Continuity and Recovery Plan plans in place for all water districts. The safety of the public is paramount.”
Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) is comprised of water commissioners from 21 Nassau County and Suffolk County water districts. NSWCA is dedicated to communication, efficiency and best practices among Long Island’s water districts. As part of its mission, the Association holds monthly educational meetings sponsoring experts on topics that include law, cost efficiencies, rules and regulations, and other issues germane to water utilities.
Founded in 1988, Total Technology Solutions is a full service Information technology solutions provider located in Melville NY.
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Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association
President Mr. Howard Abbondondelo
Pictured at a recent Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association meeting from left to right are: Total Technology Solutions Managing Partner Tim McKnight, NSWCA Secretary Andrew Bader of Plainview Water District, NSWCA 2nd Vice President Raymond Averna of Massapequa Water District, NSWCA President Howard Abbondondelo of Albertson Water District, NSWCA 1st Vice President Thomas Hand of Massapequa Water District, and Total Technology Solutions Director of Client Services Dan Bernard.