Paying Hackers’ Ransom Demands Is Getting Harder

Paying Hackers’ Ransom Demands Is Getting Harder

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned a cryptocurrency exchange for its role in facilitating ransomware payments and issued an advisory to private companies against making such payments.

Latest Appearances

IDG Zero Trust Webinar
September 21, 2021

IDG Zero Trust Webinar

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
August 5, 2021

MetaStellar Interview: How we launched in a pandemic

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
October 23, 2020

BrightTalk cybersecurity panel

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
September 15, 2020

CIO Magazine New Reality Event

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
May 12, 2020

Look Left podcast

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
February 18, 2020

IDG Tech Talk: CCPA Revisited

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
October 23, 2019

InformaTech’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp

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
September 6, 2019

IDG Tech Talk: CCPA

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

What is sentiment analysis? Using NLP and ML to extract meaning

What is sentiment analysis? Using NLP and ML to extract meaning

September 9, 2021
Sentiment analysis, which enables companies to determine the emotional value of communications, is now going beyond text analysis to include audio and video.
What is AIOps? Injecting intelligence into IT operations

What is AIOps? Injecting intelligence into IT operations

September 2, 2021
Organizations seeking to better monitor IT assets are turning to artificial intelligence to get ahead of performance issues and to automate fixes before negative impacts are felt.
What is information architecture? Structuring content for maximum value

What is information architecture? Structuring content for maximum value

August 18, 2021
CIO–Information architecture ensures content and data is structured, organized, and categorized in an effective and usable way, thereby maximizing the value of your websites and applications.
How Salesforce finds and upskills AI talent

How Salesforce finds and upskills AI talent

July 30, 2021
CIO–The talent gap is the No. 1 impediment to AI success. Salesforce.com’s multipronged approach can provide IT leaders with a playbook for finding and upskilling talent where they may not have thought to look.

Latest Cybersecurity articles

Paying Hackers’ Ransom Demands Is Getting Harder

Paying Hackers’ Ransom Demands Is Getting Harder

September 26, 2021
The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned a cryptocurrency exchange for its role in facilitating ransomware payments and issued an advisory to private companies against making such payments.
OMIGOD Vulnerability Exposes Virtual Machines Running Inside Azure

OMIGOD Vulnerability Exposes Virtual Machines Running Inside Azure

September 22, 2021
New Azure-based OMIGOD vulnerability is easy to exploit and has already been attacked by Mirai botnet.
What to expect from SASE certifications

What to expect from SASE certifications

September 16, 2021
NETWORK WORLD–Free and fee-based SASE certifications are cropping up from vendors including Cato Networks, Netskope and Versa Networks. Are they worth the effort?
Zero-Trust Model Gains Luster Following Azure Security Flaw

Zero-Trust Model Gains Luster Following Azure Security Flaw

September 3, 2021
DATA CENTER KNOWLEDGE–Microsoft Azure vulnerability, ChaosDB, exposes the fact that enterprises can’t simply trust cloud providers to protect the infrastructure. Experts point to the zero-trust model and ID-based authentication as critical to cloud security strategy.

Latest Networking articles

What to expect from SASE certifications

What to expect from SASE certifications

September 16, 2021
NETWORK WORLD–Free and fee-based SASE certifications are cropping up from vendors including Cato Networks, Netskope and Versa Networks. Are they worth the effort?
Cisco adds specializations to its CCNP cert

Cisco adds specializations to its CCNP cert

September 10, 2021
NETWORK WORLD–Cisco Certified Network Professional demonstrates understanding of core networking principles plus specialized expertise in an area such as data center, security,and network programmability.
Network certs 2021: Significant raises for the right ones

Network certs 2021: Significant raises for the right ones

August 9, 2021
NETWORK WORLD–As employees split their time between the office and working at home, IT skills requirements have shifted to cloud, security, and automation.
Cisco CCNA certification explained

Cisco CCNA certification explained

July 21, 2021
Cisco Certified Network Associate is an associate-level certification designed to demonstrate that a candidate understands the fundamentals of networking, including network access, IP connectivity, security basics, and automation and programmability.

Latest Blog Posts

AI tools to create cool illustrations

Maria KorolovMay 17, 202113 min read
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

Maria KorolovMay 10, 202133 min read
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

Maria KorolovMay 3, 20219 min read
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

Maria KorolovFebruary 28, 20216 min read
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

Maria KorolovJanuary 7, 202129 min read
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…

Where to find low-cost, pre-made covers for spec fic books

Maria KorolovDecember 17, 20206 min read
Where to find low-cost, pre-made covers for spec fic books

According to WrittenWordMedia’s 2019 author survey, more than 75 percent of successful book authors — those making $60,000 a year or more from their writing — use professional designers for their book covers. But they tend to spend between $100 and…