Standing Strong: Advocating for Ethics, Privacy, and Security in AI and XR

With the rise of emerging technologies like Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), researchers are expressing concerns about the safety, privacy and ethics. Kavya Pearlman, Global Cybersecurity Strategist for Wallarm & founder of XR Safety Initiative is working with such researchers, industry leaders and individual stakeholders to stay ahead of the bad actors, discover novel risks, and help establish safety standards for these technologies. While we may never account for all the risks, we must adapt our way, promote diversity & inclusion in all aspects of these technologies, starting with people. Regardless of the setbacks, Kavya continues to pursue this mission and advise minorities to stand strong simply because looking away from these challenges might not be an option after all.


Kavya Pearlman

Kayva Pearlman
Global Cybersecurity Strategist at Wallarm


Well known as the “Cyber Guardian”, Kavya Pearlman is an Award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. Kavya currently advises Wallarm, a global security company that protects hundreds of customers across e-commerce, fintech, health-tech, and SaaS for their artificial intelligence powered application security platform as a Global Cybersecurity Strategist.

Kavya is also the founder of non-profit, XR Safety Initiative (XRSI). XRSI is the very first global effort that promotes privacy, security, ethics and develops standards and guidelines for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) collectively known as XR. In the past, Kavya has advised Facebook on third party security risks during 2016 US presidential elections.

Kavya is constantly exploring new technologies to solve current cybersecurity challenges. She has been named one of the Top Cybersecurity influencers for two consecutive years 2018-29019 by IFSEC Global. Kavya has won many awards for her work and contribution to the security community including 40 under 40 Top Business Executives 2019 by San Francisco Business Times, Rising Star of the year 2019 by Women in IT Award Series and Minority CISO of the Year 2018 by ICMCP. For her work with XR Safety Initiative, Middle East CISO Council recently awarded her – CISO 100 Women Security Leader award in Dubai.

Kavya holds a master’s degree network security from DePaul University, Chicago and holds many prestigious Information Security certifications including CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) from ISACA, PCI-DSS-ISA (Internal Security Assessor) and PCIP for Payment Card Industry Security Standard Council. Kavya is truly passionate about her work and inspires many around the world including women and underrepresented communities in security and emerging technologies. Kavya gives back to the tech community by mentoring women through “Million Women Mentor” program and is a board of director for non-profit “Minorities in Cybersecurity” as well as advisory board member for “CISO Council North America”.

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