Ala Berzinji is a PhD student at the Department of Computer and System Science (DSV), Stockholm University, in the field of cyber security. She teaches cyber security to students at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sulaimani. She obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Uppsala University (2011). Her principal areas of interest include online extremism focusing on propaganda and cyber-terrorism. Mrs. Berzinji was the first female academic expert in cyber security in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. She is one of the few female experts in the technical aspect of cyber security in the area.