Kavya Pearlman
Founder & CEO XR Safety Initiative

Kavya Pearlman Well known as the “Cyber Guardian,” founder & CEO of the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), Kavya Pearlman is an award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. Kavya is a pioneer of the novel XRSI Privacy and Safety Framework for the Immersive Technologies Domain, Security awareness in the Metaverse, and various baseline security and privacy standards for Emerging Technologies. She has won several awards for her work and been named one of the Top Cybersecurity influencers for three consecutive years, 2018-2019-2020, by IFSEC Global.

Kavya has previously advised Facebook on third-party security risks during the 2016 US presidential elections and worked as the head of security for the oldest virtual world, “Second Life” by Linden Lab. Kavya is the leading voice in cybersecurity, privacy, and Ethics for Emerging technologies including AR, VR, XR, exploring cross-sections of 5G, AI, and BCI - leading Standards development and promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Immersive Technologies. Kavya is one of the Top 50 speakers in the cybersecurity industry and constantly shares knowledge via webinars, conference talks, and blog posts around Application Security, Cloud-native technologies, Machine Learning, and the global challenges that come along with the next iteration of the internet, the Metaverse and web 3.0.

Kavya has founded The CyberXR Coalition that now focuses on diversity and inclusion and the cross-section of Cybersecurity and XR, helped launch a trustworthy XR news platform, ReadyHackerOne, established a Medical XR Advisory Council and Metaverse Reality Check (The MRC). Kavya is constantly exploring new technologies to solve current cybersecurity challenges and currently advises several governments and big tech corporations on technology policy making and program development globally. Kavya is a category Queen who has pioneered XR Safety Domain and won many awards for her work and contribution to the security community including:

The Trailblazer in XR 2021 by XR Women Global

Cybersecurity Woman of the Year 2020 by Cybersecurity Excellence Award Series

Cybersecurity Professional of the Year 2020 by Cybersecurity Excellence Award Series

Most Influential Cyber Security Leader 2020 by Acquisition International

40 under 40 Top Business Executives 2019 by San Francisco Business Times

Rising Star of the year 2019 by Women in IT Award Series

CISO Women Security Leader award from Middle East CISO Council

Minority CISO of the Year 2018 by Cyversity previously known as ICMCP


Nov 10

03:00 PM - 03:55 PM

Grand Ballroom A
XR Safety & Security - Curated by XRSI

How to Safely Navigate the Metaverse

Kavya Pearlman | XR Safety Initiative

Joan V. O'Hara | XR Association

Anne Hobson | Meta

Ellysse Dick | Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Nov 11

09:30 AM - 09:55 AM

Mission City Ballroom
Main Stage

Metaverse Privacy, Security & Safety in the Era of Constant Reality Capture

Kavya Pearlman | XR Safety Initiative

Kristina Podnar | NativeTrust Consulting LLC

Dennis Bonilla | Baltu Studios