Latest Appearances

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.

About Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is an award-winning tech journalist who covers cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and extended reality.

She’s also a science fiction author and the editor and founder of MetaStellar, an online magazine of speculative fiction, and of Hypergrid Business, one of the world’s top virtual reality blogs.

Contact her at maria@korolov.com to pitch articles or to hire her as writer, editor, or speaker at your event.

Latest AI articles

How companies are putting embedded genAI to good use

How companies are putting embedded genAI to good use

Sep 18, 2023

ChatGPT, Claude, Bard, and other public-facing generative AI chatbots based on large language models (LLMs) are nice enough, but they’re general-purpose and not well integrated into enterprise workflows. Employees either have to go to a separate app, or companies have to spend time and effort adding the functionality to their applications via application programming interfaces. Plus, in order to use ChatGPT and other genAI chatbots well, employees have to learn prompt engineering. Embedded…

Regulatory uncertainty overshadows gen AI despite pace of adoption

Regulatory uncertainty overshadows gen AI despite pace of adoption

Aug 24, 2023
Enterprises—and their technology vendors—continue to fall over themselves to add gen AI capabilities to tools and platforms. But moving too fast can expose companies to present and future compliance risks, as well as potential legal liabilities.
Advanced analytics challenges limit analytics, AI benefits

Advanced analytics challenges limit analytics, AI benefits

Aug 23, 2023
Traditional advanced analytics are not going to disappear with the rise of generative AI. Cultural and quality challenges hinder organizations as attention shifts to new trends.
VMware, Nvidia team on enterprise-grade AI platform

VMware, Nvidia team on enterprise-grade AI platform

Aug 22, 2023
VMware Private AI Foundation with Nvidia will enable enterprises to customize models and run generative AI applications on their own infrastructure in their data centers, at the edge, and in their clouds.

Latest quantum computing articles

Commercial quantum networks inch closer to primetime

Commercial quantum networks inch closer to primetime

Mar 23, 2023

As commercial availability of quantum computers moves closer to reality, researchers and vendors are investing in efforts to create quantum-secured networks. Quantum networks use entangled photons or other particles to ensure secure communications, but they are not, in and of themselves, used for general communication. Quantum networks are expensive and slow. And though nobody can listen in on the messages without breaking the entanglement of the photons, hackers can still…

How Quantum Computing is Supporting Financial Services

How Quantum Computing is Supporting Financial Services

Jan 9, 2023
The financial services industry has been one of the first to benefit from emerging quantum computing solutions, which can support use cases including targeting and prediction, trading optimization and risk profiling.
What is Quantum Computing and What Does It Have to Do with Encryption?

What is Quantum Computing and What Does It Have to Do with Encryption?

Oct 21, 2022
Data center cybersecurity managers need to start planning now for when quantum computing breaks current encryption standards.
Managing Encryption for Data Centers Is Hard. And It Will Get Harder

Managing Encryption for Data Centers Is Hard. And It Will Get Harder

Feb 16, 2021
DATA CENTER KNOWLEDGE–With multi-cloud already here and quantum computing on the horizon, most should probably leave encryption to the experts.

Latest Cybersecurity articles

VMware Cloud gains faster ransomware recovery, expanded management capabilities

VMware Cloud gains faster ransomware recovery, expanded management capabilities

Aug 22, 2023

VMware announced a raft of improvements to its VMware Cloud platform at this week’s VMware Explore conference in Las Vegas. Previously, VMware’s on-premises private cloud solution, VMware Cloud Foundation, and its public cloud offerings were managed separately. Now, enterprises will be able to manage all their cloud deployments from a single location. In addition, customers will see improved integrations with the major cloud providers as well as faster disaster and…

3 strategies that can help stop ransomware before it becomes a crisis

3 strategies that can help stop ransomware before it becomes a crisis

Aug 16, 2023
For those hoping to avoid the pay-or-not-to-pay ransomware dilemma, there are three things to focus on that can help CISOs: create incident response plans, improve cybersecurity posture, and invest in robust backups.
Hybrid mesh firewall platforms gain interest as management challenges intensify

Hybrid mesh firewall platforms gain interest as management challenges intensify

Aug 15, 2023
Different types of firewalls, including hardware, virtual, cloud-native, and firewall as a service, can be deployed and managed from a central interface with a hybrid mesh firewall platform.
Why API attacks are increasing and how to avoid them

Why API attacks are increasing and how to avoid them

Jul 25, 2023
Growing use of APIs give attackers more ways to break authentication controls, exfiltrate data, or perform disruptive acts.

Latest Networking articles

VMware combines SASE and edge management in new orchestration platform, announces private 5G service

VMware combines SASE and edge management in new orchestration platform, announces private 5G service

Aug 22, 2023

Combining things to make them easier to manage and secure is a recurring theme at this week’s VMware Explore conference in Las Vegas. To that end, VMware is announcing a single console for its SASE platform and edge stack to enable unified management of edge networking, security and compute infrastructure. SASE – secure access service edge – is a way to provide security and networking to end users and manage it in…

5 ways to boost server efficiency

5 ways to boost server efficiency

Jul 5, 2023
Right-sizing workloads, upgrading to current generation servers, and managing power consumption can help enterprises reach their data center sustainability goals.
5G network slices could be vulnerable to attack, researchers say

5G network slices could be vulnerable to attack, researchers say

May 22, 2023
Configuration errors and device vulnerabilities could allow attackers to move laterally across 5G network slices.
Commercial quantum networks inch closer to primetime

Commercial quantum networks inch closer to primetime

Mar 23, 2023
The potential for attackers to use quantum computers to crack public key cryptography algorithms is driving research and investment in developing quantum-safe networks.
Enterprises turn to single-vendor SASE for ease of manageability

Enterprises turn to single-vendor SASE for ease of manageability

Feb 2, 2023
Getting the full SASE stack of networking and security capabilities from a single vendor can simplify deployment and management, but there are downsides to consider.
NTT, Palo Alto partner for managed SASE with AIOps

NTT, Palo Alto partner for managed SASE with AIOps

Feb 2, 2023
Using a managed services provider to deliver SASE can streamline deployment and free up enterprise resources.

latest Awards

2020 National Gold Award Winner, ASBPE Awards of Excellence

Maria Korolov’s Network World article, Private 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling, received top national honors.

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?

latest Appearances

older 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.

Jan. 2018: Maria Korolov talks with Sine Wave about “Succeeding As A Retailer In Immersive Worlds.” 

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

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

Dec 17, 2020
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…

Body language master list for writers

Dec 17, 2020
Body language master list for writers

“Show, don’t tell” is the first lesson of Fiction Writing 101, and one of the easiest and quickest fixes is to replace the emotional adverbs…

Resources for writers

Sep 7, 2020
Resources for writers

Our master list of best resources for writers of fantasy, horror and sci-fi. Writing advice sites Writer’s Knowledge Base:  Huge database of more than 40,000…

MetaStellar site soft launch

Aug 6, 2020
MetaStellar site soft launch

We’ve just started doing the initial design of the website for MetaStellar, our new magazine of speculative fiction. The magazine will officially launch on September…

14 Reasons to Use Google Docs to Write

Aug 3, 2020
14 Reasons to Use Google Docs to Write

I use Google Docs. Most writers use Microsoft Word, Scrivener, or Google Docs to write their novels, with a few other, lesser-known platforms thrown in.…

Writing Advice Sites

Aug 3, 2020
Writing Advice Sites

Our list of great sites for beginning speculative fiction writers. Writer’s Knowledge Base Huge database of more than 40,000 articles about writing. Always my favorite…