Dan Burns Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dan Burns is chief executive officer of Accuvant where he leads the development and implementation of high-level strategies, directs the company’s growth, and manages overall operations and resources, including all business units and staff functions.
At Accuvant, being able to provide clear insight into navigating the complex information security landscape is a priority for Burns, and it sets the company apart from its competitors. Burns’s 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 rather than a reseller or outside consultant. He has been successful and his efforts have greatly contributed to the company's 70x growth since 2002.
From 2002 when he co-founded Accuvant, until 2012 when he assumed his current position as the company’s first CEO, Burns served as senior vice president of Accuvant’s sales organization. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, sales growth and problem resolution. Burns co-developed and helped to successfully execute on Accuvant’s initial vision – to build a company with the breadth, depth and capabilities to address the information security needs of organizations worldwide. He launched the sales force and grew it to a national powerhouse organization within a 10-year period, conducting business with nearly half of the Fortune 500, and driving $577M in revenue in 2013.
Prior to his achievements with Accuvant, Burns was the vice president of sales for the western region of OneSecure. He played an integral role in transitioning OneSecure from a managed security services provider to a product company, delivering to the marketplace the first intrusion prevention system (IPS) and generating $40M in product sales in the first year.
Previously, as the western region vice president for Exault, an integrator, consulting organization and reseller, Burns secured some of the largest enterprise clients in the Rocky Mountain and helped grow revenues to nearly $150M in two years. He has also held positions at Access Graphics, Arrowpoint, and Netrex where he supported some of the largest telecommunication companies in building their information security programs, implementing technology and taking advantage of Netrex’s world-class managed security services.
Burns earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from San Jose State University.
"Thousands of threats and vulnerabilities, dozens of regulations and standards and hundreds of technologies make the information security landscape complex, convoluted and fragmented. Accuvant simplifies and demystifies that process for our clients."