Unlocking the hidden value of dark data

Unlocking the hidden value of dark data

Maria KorolovAug 11, 2022

IT leaders seeking to derive business value from the data their companies collect face myriad challenges. Perhaps the least understood…

Latest Appearances

About Maria Korolov

About Maria Korolov

Jul 5, 2022
Maria Korolov is a science fiction writer who covers cybersecurity, AI and extended reality as an award-winning tech journalist at her day job. Check out her author page on Amazon or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. She is also the publisher of MetaStellar, a new online magazine of speculative fiction, and Hypergrid Business, which has been covering virtual environments since 2009.
Fast Company interview

Fast Company interview

Jan 5, 2022
Fast Company’s Steven Melendez interviewed Maria Korolov about the future of the metaverse. Read full article at Fast Company.
Metaverse presentations: OpenSimulator Community Conference

Metaverse presentations: OpenSimulator Community Conference

Dec 15, 2021
Maria Korolov was one of the organizers of the ninth annual OpenSimulator Community Conference this December, held virtually. She gave a talk about the metaverse, about the current state of the OpenSim ecosystem, and moderated a panel about creativity in OpenSim.
Informa Webinar: Doing More IT With Less

Informa Webinar: Doing More IT With Less

Oct 27, 2021
Maria Korolov was a panelist at “Doing More IT With Less: Economizing and Innovating in Today’s Enterprise IT Organization,” an Informa virtual event on Wednesday, Oct. 27 sponsored by DarkReading, InformationWeek, Data Center Knowledge, ITProToday, NetworkComputing, and other Informa publications. She spoke on the topic “The practicalities of implementing SASE.”
MetaStellar video: Setting up a WordPress website with DreamHost in 15 minutes

MetaStellar video: Setting up a WordPress website with DreamHost in 15 minutes

Oct 7, 2021
In a segment for MetaStellar’s YouTube channel, Maria Korolov does a quick overview of using DreamHost to set up a brand new WordPress website.
IDG Zero Trust Webinar

IDG Zero Trust Webinar

Sep 21, 2021
Maria Korolov was a guest on IDG’s zero trust webinar, “VPN vs SSO vs ZTNA — Designing Access for an Anytime, Anywhere World.”
MetaStellar Interview: How we launched in a pandemic

MetaStellar Interview: How we launched in a pandemic

Aug 5, 2021
Maria Korolov talks with the co-hosts of Long-Lost Friends, a show on the MetaStellar YouTube channel, about how MetaStellar was launched.
BrightTalk cybersecurity panel

BrightTalk cybersecurity panel

Oct 23, 2020
On Oct. 13, Maria Korolov moderated a BrightTalk panel, “Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks During Global Disruption.”  Watch the webinar on-demand here.
CIO Magazine New Reality Event

CIO Magazine New Reality Event

Sep 15, 2020
On Sep. 15, Maria Korolov was a speaker at a CIO magazine virtual event, “The New Business Process Mandate: AI & Automation.” Watch the on-demand session by clicking here.
Look Left podcast

Look Left podcast

May 12, 2020
On May 12, Maria Korolov was a guest on the Look Left Marketing podcast to talk about her career in journalism.  Listen to the podcast by clicking here.
IDG Tech Talk: CCPA Revisited

IDG Tech Talk: CCPA Revisited

Feb 18, 2020
On Feb. 21, Maria Korolov was a guest on IDG Tech Talk to answer reader and viewer questions about the California Consumer Privacy Act.  Watch the show on YouTube by clicking here.
InformaTech’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp

InformaTech’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Oct 23, 2019
On Oct. 23, 2019, Maria Korolov was a guest speaker at InformaTech’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp, talking about securing the virtual data center.  See her presentation for free and download the slides here.
IDG Tech Talk: CCPA

IDG Tech Talk: CCPA

Sep 6, 2019
On Sep. 6, 2019, Maria Korolov was a guest on IDG Tech Talk to talk about how the California Consumer Privacy Act will affect businesses  Watch the show on YouTube by clicking here.

Latest AI articles

Unlocking the hidden value of dark data

Unlocking the hidden value of dark data

Aug 11, 2022

IT leaders seeking to derive business value from the data their companies collect face myriad challenges. Perhaps the least understood is the lost opportunity of not making good on data that is created, and often stored, but seldom otherwise interacted with. This so-called “dark data,” named after the dark matter of physics, is information routinely collected in the course of doing business: It’s generated by employees, customers, and business processes. It’s generated as log files by machines, applications, and security systems. It’s documents…

Data lakehouses give enterprises analytics edge

Data lakehouses give enterprises analytics edge

Jul 11, 2022
Blending the structure of data warehouses and the flexibility of data lakes, data lakehouses are proving to be versatile tools for making the most of any data you want to collect.
Computer vision is primed for business value

Computer vision is primed for business value

Jun 23, 2022
Companies across a range of industries are deploying image- and video-based artificial intelligence to improve and optimize key business processes and products.
9 ways hackers will use machine learning to launch attacks

9 ways hackers will use machine learning to launch attacks

Jun 13, 2022
Machine learning algorithms will improve security solutions, helping human analysts triage threats and close vulnerabilities quicker. But they are also going to help threat actors launch bigger, more complex attacks.

Latest Cybersecurity articles

6 signs your IAM strategy is failing, and how to fix it

6 signs your IAM strategy is failing, and how to fix it

Jul 5, 2022

Companies have been developing and executing identity and access management (IAM) strategies for decades. “It started with mainframe time sharing, so nothing is new,” says Jay Bretzmann, program director for security products at IDC. Despite that long experience, there are still opportunities for mistakes, especially when companies are upgrading their IAM platforms to those that can better deal with modern IT deployments. Here are six ways to tell that a company’s IAM strategy is failing. 1. Users can’t access their applications, but criminals can The primary goal of an IAM platform is to allow legitimate users to access the resources that they need, while…

Adversarial machine learning explained: How attackers disrupt AI and ML systems

Adversarial machine learning explained: How attackers disrupt AI and ML systems

Jun 28, 2022
Threat actors have several ways to fool or exploit artificial intelligence and machine learning systems and models, but you can defend against their tactics.
9 ways hackers will use machine learning to launch attacks

9 ways hackers will use machine learning to launch attacks

Jun 13, 2022
Machine learning algorithms will improve security solutions, helping human analysts triage threats and close vulnerabilities quicker. But they are also going to help threat actors launch bigger, more complex attacks.
Bugs in the data center: How social engineering impacts physical security

Bugs in the data center: How social engineering impacts physical security

Jun 9, 2022
A closer look at how one penetration testing firm was able to breach the physical security of a data center in less than a week, posing as the pest control company.

Latest Networking articles

Who’s selling private 5G and what do you get?

Who’s selling private 5G and what do you get?

Aug 8, 2022

Private 5G is technology that can be used in local area networks. Not to be confused with the public 5G connectivity offered by telephone companies, private 5G is used in corporate campuses, office buildings, factories and warehouses, event venues, and airports, either instead of or in addition to Wi-Fi. According to an unpublished survey from research firm Forrester, 44% of corporate telecommunications  decision-makers plan to create private 5G networks. Industries with significant private 5G plans include water and waste, high-tech manufacturing, and retail and wholesale. Other areas where private 5G might crop up include stadiums and construction sites, says Forrester analyst Andre Kindness. “They’re prime for…

Private 5G promising for enterprises, but growth stymied by pandemic, lack of hardware

Private 5G promising for enterprises, but growth stymied by pandemic, lack of hardware

Jun 23, 2022
It’s still early days for private 5G networks, as a majority of enterprises are waiting for devices to mature, standards to progress, and solid use cases to emerge.
How SASE uses AI

How SASE uses AI

Apr 18, 2022
SASE vendors are applying AI and machine learning to the network- and security-related data they collect to sharpen analytics, tighten security and boost performance.
Who’s selling SASE and what do you get?

Who’s selling SASE and what do you get?

Apr 7, 2022
SASE rolls networking and security into a cloud service, making it easier for enterprises to provide simple, secure access to corporate resources. Many vendors offer SASE services, but what they actually provide and how they provide it varies widely.

Awards and Appearances

Judge, 2019 CSO50 awards

Maria is one of the judges of the annual CSO50 awards, which recognize 50 organizations for their security project or initiative that demonstrates outstanding business value and thought leadership.

Judge, Epica Awards

Maria is a member of the jury of the 2018 Epica awards, the only global creative prize judged by journalists.

2018 New England AZBEE award winner

In April 2018, Maria received the Silver Impact/Investigative award at the New England ASBPE Awards of Excellence for the article “What is a supply chain attack?

Jan. 2018: Guest on Sine Wave’s Delphi Talks, speaking about marketing in immersive environments.

2018 New England AZBEE award winner

In April 2018, Maria received the Silver Impact/Investigative award at the New England ASBPE Awards of Excellence for the article “What is a supply chain attack?

Dec. 2017: Speaker at Stereopsia conference in Brussels, Belgium. Topic was women in virtual reality. Click here for slides.

Dec. 2017: Speaker at OpenSimulator Community Conference. Topic was a statistical overview of OpenSim development. Click here for slides.

Apr. 2017: Profiled in Viar360’s Women of VR – 35 Ladies Who Are Killing It In Virtual Reality

Aug. 2016: Mentioned in Marie Claire’s Virtual Reality Has a Female Mafia—and They’re Looking for New Recruits

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May 2016: Interviewed by the BCC about how virtual reality will change our lives. Listen to the broadcast hereRead the transcript here.

Sep. 2015: Mentioned in Fortune’s Meet the women shaping our virtual future.

Latest Blog Posts

Help wanted: Virtual editorial assistant

Aug 4, 2022
Help wanted: Virtual editorial assistant

Virtual assistant illustration created with Midjourney. Read my Midjourney review here. I’m working on a lot of projects these days. As you can see from the site, I’m busy with enterprise technology articles. Plus, I’m the…

AI tools to create cool illustrations

May 17, 2021
AI tools to create cool illustrations

Writing is all about the text. But marketing and promotion is often all about the images. Whether you’re sharing with your audience on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or your own blog, cool images make a big difference. At MetaStellar, we’re always…

15 free mind map tools for writers

May 10, 2021
15 free mind map tools for writers

A few days ago I wrote about how to use the free online app Miro to plot out a story. That’s all well and good if you already have an idea for a plot, and now just need to fine-tune…

How to use Miro for story plotting

May 3, 2021
How to use Miro for story plotting

A year ago, when the pandemic first hit, I wrote an article for CIO magazine about how to manage software development teams when you can’t meet in person. Many of the managers I spoke to said that they replaced the…

The best free* books to help you battle procrastination

Feb 28, 2021
The best free* books to help you battle procrastination

Last month, I posted an article about a bunch of ways writers can use to beat procrastination. But maybe you want to go deeper on the topic. Here are seven books on Amazon with over a 100 positive reviews that…

28 ways to beat procrastination for writers

Jan 7, 2021
28 ways to beat procrastination for writers

Have you ever stared at your screen or typewriter or notebook and couldn’t force yourself to write? You had the time block set aside for writing, and you can’t force yourself to get started. Maybe you didn’t even make it…