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

5 data center predictions: Surging demand and tighter rules squeeze operations

5 data center predictions: Surging demand and tighter rules squeeze operations

Jan 29, 2024

Five key data center trends will impact operators in the coming year, according to the Uptime Institute. The research firm highlighted the top trends – which include tougher sustainability regulations, supply chain impacts from AI, and liquid cooling adoption – in a report released earlier this month. Together these conditions are not only driving innovation but also increasing infrastructure complexity, the institute’s researchers said. Data centers will have to balance reliability, efficiency, emerging technologies,…

4 reasons why gen AI projects fail

4 reasons why gen AI projects fail

Oct 4, 2023
Data issues are still among the chief reasons why AI projects fall short of expectations, but the advent of generative AI has added a few new twists.
The year’s top 10 enterprise AI trends — so far

The year’s top 10 enterprise AI trends — so far

Sep 21, 2023
In 2022, the big AI story was the technology emerging from research labs and proofs-of-concept, to it being deployed throughout enterprises to get business value. This year started out about the same, with slightly better ML algorithms and improved data pipelines. But that seems so long ago now. And in the few months left of 2023, change could further offset what we’ve come to expect.
How companies are putting embedded genAI to good use

How companies are putting embedded genAI to good use

Sep 18, 2023
Enterprise software vendors of all stripes are beginning to add generative AI features to their applications. Here’s how Stream Financial, NFP, and Thomson Reuters are (cautiously) taking advantage of the technology.

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…

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.
Quantum Teleportation Makes Progress, But Toward What?

Quantum Teleportation Makes Progress, But Toward What?

Feb 2, 2021
DATA CENTER KNOWLEDGE–What could scientists’ recent success in teleporting quantum states mean for data centers of the future?
What is quantum cryptography? It’s no silver bullet, but could improve security

What is quantum cryptography? It’s no silver bullet, but could improve security

Mar 12, 2019
In the arms race between white and black hats, the infosec industry looks to quantum cryptography and quantum key distribution (QKD). That may be just part of the answer, however.

Latest Cybersecurity articles

Data loss prevention vendors tackle gen AI data risks

Data loss prevention vendors tackle gen AI data risks

Oct 31, 2023

Data loss prevention (DLP) vendors are racing to add support for generative AI use cases to their platforms, following the popularity and increasing adoption of ChatGPT since its release in November 2022. The tool quickly became the fastest-growing app in history, and a board-level agenda item for companies. According to an IDC report released in August, 65% of companies have already deployed generative AI, 19% are actively exploring it, and 13% are…

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

Data centers unprepared for new European energy efficiency regulations

Data centers unprepared for new European energy efficiency regulations

Dec 7, 2023

Europe’s new Energy Efficiency Directive goes into effect next May, but the vast majority of data center operators aren’t able to collect the capacity and utilization statistics that regulators want. Under the directive, owners and operators of data centers with 500 kilowatts or more of installed IT capacity will need to report their 2023 energy performance by May 15, 2024. That includes statistics about installed power, incoming and outgoing data traffic, total data stored…

Gartner: SSE landscape shifts as vendors add more security services

Gartner: SSE landscape shifts as vendors add more security services

Jul 12, 2023
Vendors are stacking their security service edge (SSE) suites with even more security functions, according to the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant.
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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…