The mayor of Bedrock wakes up to several missed phone calls from the city manager. A returned call informs the mayor that there are disgruntled city employees because direct deposit transactions were not released. The City of Bedrock is under cyber attack and has seen locked out of its financial system. A year before the security event commenced, the mayor collaborated with the city manager and director of information technology (IT) to establish a cybersecurity plan. A cybersecurity planning committee was established by the governing body and consisted of three residents, the mayor, two council members, the city manager, the assistant city manager, and the five-person information technology department. The committee decided to recommend the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework to combat security incidents. Although the community had limited resources and a short implementation time before this incident occurred, the city managed to utilize their plan to regain access to its system.
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