CSO Council

The Mission of the Chief Security Officer Council (CSO) is to engage security thought leaders and facilitate trusted dialogue and partnership between industry and government security communities. The desired objective is to foster an exchange of information, to cultivate relationships among security leaders and with other councils and communities, and to influence outcomes with a commitment to National Security and Public Trust.
Dan Payne, ManTech

Daniel Payne

SVP & CSO, ManTech

Daniel Payne is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Security Officer for ManTech. Mr. Payne is responsible for strategically setting ManTech’s security game plan and meeting requirements, from personnel to physical assets and facilities, digital security, insider threat and emerging threats, and more – internally and externally. His mission includes management and advancement of end-to-end protection for customer systems and information.

Mr. Payne is leveraging his extensive experiences to shape ManTech’s security policies and to maintain a posture of proactive and good security hygiene. He oversees a group of highly specialized security professionals who support the delivery efforts for U.S. government contracts that require access to classified information governed by the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and other security programs.

Mr. Payne joined ManTech in November 2019 after a 37-year career with the CIA as a senior counterintelligence professional. During his career, he also served as Director of the Defense Department’s Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), where he transformed security with an innovative risk-based methodology, fed by intelligence and tailored to support facilities and diverse technologies across 13,000 locations. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Deputy Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Before leading security for the Defense Department and ODNI, Mr. Payne served as Deputy Chief of Counterintelligence and held numerous other senior leadership positions for the CIA. During his long and successful government career, he worked in the conduct of counterespionage investigations and all aspects of insider threat detection.

He has worked in more than 20 countries and with private sector companies to improve counterintelligence/security programs and postures. He has earned his reputation as one of the finest professionals in the fields of counterintelligence and security for the U.S. government.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in political science and international relations from Ball State University in Indiana.