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 or editor.

Latest AI articles

AI in cybersecurity: Raising the stakes for enterprise defense

AI in cybersecurity: Raising the stakes for enterprise defense

Aug 11, 2022

Artificial intelligence is supercharging the cyberwarfare between attackers and victims. Enterprises, governments and other organizations now have access to more powerful weapons in their defensive arsenal with AI – but so do malevolent hackers. Today’s cybersecurity experts are being overwhelmed by the volume, speed and complexity of cyberattacks. These machine-speed attacks can only be countered with machine-speed defenses through AI/ML. This report examines the ways enterprises can use AI to enhance cybersecurity throughout their organizations as well as reveal the methods malevolent actors…

10 key roles for AI success

10 key roles for AI success

Jun 7, 2022
To maximize the business value of artificial intelligence, AI teams require a diverse range of skills and roles, from data scientists to domain experts to strategic decision-makers.
Traditional BI vs. self-service BI shouldn’t be a choice

Traditional BI vs. self-service BI shouldn’t be a choice

Jun 1, 2022
Traditional BI vs. self-service BI isn’t a choice organizations need to make, but rather a partnership that requires elements from both to bring effective data use to users.
Making the most of MLOps

Making the most of MLOps

May 26, 2022
Enterprises looking to reap the full business benefits of artificial intelligence are turning to MLOps — an emerging set of best practices and tools aimed at operationalizing AI.

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…

Fantastic Open Source Cybersecurity Tools and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Open Source Cybersecurity Tools and Where to Find Them

May 19, 2022
Open source software plays a key role in keeping data centers secure. Here are just a few projects making a difference.
Microchip Adds Real-Time Security to Its Root of Trust Silicon Tech

Microchip Adds Real-Time Security to Its Root of Trust Silicon Tech

May 17, 2022
And it is not the only company to take hardware security seriously.
Machine Identity Management: A Fast-Growing Frontier of Security

Machine Identity Management: A Fast-Growing Frontier of Security

May 5, 2022
Attackers are getting better at compromising machine identities, as billions of new devices and services are introduced to the network.

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…

Gartner: SSE is SASE minus the SD-WAN

Gartner: SSE is SASE minus the SD-WAN

Mar 7, 2022
Security service edge (SSE) bundles a cloud access security broker, secure web gateway and ZTNA, according to Gartner.
Top 10 outages of 2021

Top 10 outages of 2021

Jan 31, 2022
Cisco-owned network intelligence company ThousandEyes reveals the 10 biggest outages of 2021.
Space is the final frontier for data centers

Space is the final frontier for data centers

Jan 18, 2022
Last year marked the first time humanity deployed a conventional data center in space. The HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 – a set of HPE Edgeline Converged EL4000 Edge and HPE ProLiant machines, each with an Nvidia T4 GPU to support AI workloads – was sent to the International Space Station in February of 2021. This is …

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latest Appearances

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.

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?

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

Do I quote vendors in articles?

Jun 4, 2020
Do I quote vendors in articles?

(Image courtesy Geralt via Pixabay.) This question has been coming up a lot lately, and there’s a whole speech I give about this, so I thought I’d write it down and just refer people to this…

Online Filemaker alternatives: Coda, Zoho, AppSheet, AppGyver, and more

Apr 1, 2020
Online Filemaker alternatives: Coda, Zoho, AppSheet, AppGyver, and more

UPDATE FEB. 2021: Lately, I’ve been testing out a new online collaboration tool called Notion. The basic plan, which includes sharing with up to five collaborators, is free. It allows for embedded related tables. It supports PDF exports for things…

My writing groups meet on Zoom

Mar 25, 2020
My writing groups meet on Zoom

New update, June 18: I’ve started a new virtual Zoom-based MeetUp group for speculative fiction writers. If you write science fiction, fantasy or horror, check us out. Update: Since this post was first published, several people have contacted me from…

Otter.AI just announced a great free deal on its transcription

Mar 25, 2020
Otter.AI just announced a great free deal on its transcription

(Image courtesy Otter.AI.) Another tool useful for writers that I’ve talked about this one in writers’ meetings before is Otter.AI. It transcribes your dictation. You just talk, and it converts it into text, with any smartphone.…

The tech journalist starter kit

Oct 23, 2019
The tech journalist starter kit

Filming IDG Tech Talk in September of 2019. A friend of a friend just called me, asking for advice on how to become a technology journalist. I promised to send him some links and figured I’d…

The Lost King of Krim hits multiple Amazon category bestseller lists

Sep 6, 2019
The Lost King of Krim hits multiple Amazon category bestseller lists

The Lost King of Krim was #10 on Amazon’s Two-Hour Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads best seller list on September 11, 2019. The Lost King of Krim, a novella of the Krim virtual world that…