Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners Achieves Compliance with Robust Cybersecurity Protocols for Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – October 5, 2020 – Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners announced it achieved compliance with the National Institute of Standards of Technology’s (NIST) 800-171, a rigorous cybersecurity framework consisting of 171 security controls and processes.

NIST 800-171 governs Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) – information considered sensitive but not entirely classified – held by organizations and companies outside the federal government. The standard was developed to ensure non-classified information and systems are safeguarded using robust, standardized cybersecurity methods and processes.

Whether exploring use cases for autonomous mobility, connected IoT devices or other smart city solutions, Curiosity Lab’s NIST 171 compliance ensues users are operating in a secure environment and their proprietary information is protected. Curiosity Lab’s NIST compliance also opens the door for federal agencies and academic researchers to test and explore emerging technologies using the Lab’s one-of-a-kind infrastructure and technology ecosystem.

“Driving business growth and technology innovation here in Peachtree Corners also requires that our real-world smart city ecosystem deploy world-class defenses to combat cyberthreats for public and private entities alike,” said Brian Johnson, city manager for Peachtree Corners. “Curiosity Lab, and Peachtree Corners as a whole, are ideal locations for organizations to safely and securely prove out, develop and deploy next-generation technology solutions. From protecting critical data coming from all kinds of IoT devices, to helping federal agencies like the Secret Service prepare for the digital threats of the future, we’re leading the way in readiness.”  

“Curiosity Lab is committed to the highest possible cybersecurity standards and protocols, and our NIST 171 compliance is representative of the robust measures we have in place to safeguard users’ data and information,” said Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners. As smart city and intelligent mobility technologies mature, the value of public-private partnerships, and our ability to enable those relationships will be critical to Curiosity Lab’s success facilitating technology innovation.”

Curiosity Lab is actively recruiting innovators working on mobility and smart city technologies. To learn more, visit:

About Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners
Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the lab is a 3-mile test and demo track which provides a real-world environment to explore emerging technologies. Additional infrastructure includes a network operations center, smart poles, DSRC units, dedicated fiber and a 25,000 square foot tech innovation center. Additional information can be found at

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