Dan Burns

Former CEO of Optiv

About Dan

Dan Burns is the former CEO of Optiv. He has more than 25 years of exceptional experience in business, technology, cybersecurity and risk management. 


As a co-founder of Accuvant, Burns worked with nearly half of the Fortune 500, driving $740 million in revenue. As CEO, he and Blackstone merged Accuvant and Fishnet Security to create Optiv Security, the cyber advisory and solutions leader, serving more than 7,000 clients around the world. 


Prior to Optiv, Burns served as 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.


In addition to serving on Optiv’s board of directors, Burns is a board member of Human Security, NoName Security, Query.AI, Cardinalops, Centraleyes, Phylum and on strategy advisory boards of Devo and Transmit Security. Burns is also a venture partner with Syn Ventures, who invests in disruptive technologies that reduce security risks. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Jose State University.