Mike Bursell joined Red Hat in August 2016, following previous roles at Intel and Citrix working on security, virtualization and networking. After training in software engineering, he specialized in distributed systems and security and has worked in architecture and technical strategy for the past few years. Bursell's responsibilities at Red Hat include forming security and blockchain strategy, external and internal visibility and thought leadership. He regularly speaks at industry events in Europe, North America and APAC. Professional interests include Linux, Open Source Software, security, distributed systems, blockchain, NFV, SDN and virtualization (including Linux Containers and hypervisors). He has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Open University.