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.

Follow her on Twitter at @MariaKorolov, on Threads at @MariaKorolov, and check out her latest videos on the Maria Korolov YouTube channel.

Latest AI articles

4 reasons why gen AI projects fail

4 reasons why gen AI projects fail

Oct 4, 2023

In June, New Zealand supermarket chain Pak’nSave released the Savey Meal-Bot, a gen AI tool that lets users upload a list of ingredients they have, and then the bot would come up with recipes they could try. It was billed as a way for shoppers to save money because New Zealanders throw out around NZ$1,500 of food every year. Despite a warning that users had to be over 18, no…

How Salesforce finds and upskills AI talent

How Salesforce finds and upskills AI talent

Jul 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.
Top 5 enterprise augmented analytics benefits

Top 5 enterprise augmented analytics benefits

Jul 1, 2021
TECHTARGET–Learn how augmented analytics helps make companies more agile by expanding employee access to data and speeding the decision-making process — all while saving costs.
Citizen data scientist training for augmented analytics

Citizen data scientist training for augmented analytics

Jun 21, 2021
TECHTARGET–Augmented analytics have made data analysis more accessible and led to the rise of citizen data scientists. But using these tools still require extensive training.

Latest quantum computing articles

Latest Cybersecurity articles


NTT, Palo Alto partner for managed SASE with AIOps

Feb 2, 2023

A new offering from IT services provider NTT combines Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma SASE offering with NTT’s managed network services and AIOps infrastructure. SASE – secure access service edge – has been gaining interest for its potential to reduce networking complexity while improving security. It combines SD-WAN with security services, including secure web access gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), in a single, cloud-delivered service…


OMIGOD Vulnerability Exposes Virtual Machines Running Inside Azure

Sep 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

Sep 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

Sep 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


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

Jun 23, 2022

Private 5G networks promise to offer low latency, high reliability, and support for massive numbers of connected devices, but enterpise deployment has been slower than expected, experts say, due to the pandemic and a slow-to-evolve device ecosystem. IDC reports that the global private LTE and 5G wireless infrastructure market totaled $1.8 billion in revenue in 2021 and will increase to $8.3 billion by 2026, but that spending will grow “slower than expected” in the next couple…

latest Awards

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

How to get started as a foreign correspondent

May 3, 2002

Looking for outlets to send you abroad is actually the *last* step of a going-overseas process.The first thing is, you need to ask yourself a…

How to get into freelancing

Mar 2, 2002

I’ve been a freelancer for most of the past ten years, and have also edited the work of many freelancers in various editing jobs. Read…