Dan Burns



Dan Burns brings nearly 25 years of business, technology and security industry experience to his role as chief executive officer for Optiv, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of high-level strategies and direction of the company’s growth. Being able to provide clear insight into navigating the complex information security landscape is a priority for Burns. His philosophy is to focus on building long-term relationships with clients, working with them to simplify their lives and becoming a trusted information security partner. In 2002, Burns co-founded Accuvant, and co-developed and helped to successfully execute on the company’s initial vision – to build a business with the breadth, depth and capabilities to address the information security needs of organizations worldwide. He led the company to become a national security powerhouse in less than 10 years, conducting business with nearly half of the Fortune 500 and achieving double-digit growth every year. Prior to his achievements with Accuvant, Burns was the regional vice president of sales for the western region of OneSecure. He played an integral role in transitioning the organization from a managed security services provider to a product company, delivering to the marketplace the first intrusion prevention system and generating $40 million in product sales in the first year. Previously, Burns served as the western region vice president for Exault and also held positions of increasingly importance at Access Graphics, Arrowpoint and Netrex. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Jose State University.