Sabra Horne

Presentation: Using Innovation to Drive Mission Impact

Abstract: Whether you are leading a project or helping shape your public sector organization, innovation principles can aid you in connecting with the right stakeholders, the right resources and the right tools to move forward with speed.  By leveraging your ecosystem of like-minded innovators and partners, to include acquisition, legal counsel, and key end users, you can reduce risk, increase speed and agility, and drive mission success.

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Biography: Sabra Horne is Entrepreneur in Residence at BMNT, supporting the development and deployment of government innovation efforts. She is the author of Creating Innovation Navigators, a guide to public sector innovation and lead for the Innovation Navigators Course.

Before joining BMNT, she was Chief of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security’s (CISA) Innovation Hub, responsible for envisioning, establishing, and developing innovation efforts across the agency, which unifies protection of the nation’s cyber infrastructure.

Prior to this role, she was Director of CISA 2020, leading change management of the agency and Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience (SECIR), leading effective sharing of cyber information with the private sector, as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial entities. She stood up CISA’s Election Task Force to support state and local election officials following the 2016 election.

Previously, she served for twelve years in the Intelligence Community and was the National Security Agency (NSA) Deputy Chief for Information Sharing and Collaboration, facilitating sharing of NSA’s most highly classified intelligence. She was Senior Advisor to NSA Threat Operations Center leadership and led its effort to share unclassified cyber threat information, Automated Indicator Sharing, with other government agencies and private sector. She began her NSA service as a core member in standup of the Media Leaks Task Force, which led agency response to the public leaks of classified information by Edward Snowden in 2013, and led the subsequent workforce focus group assessment, which resulted in agency policy and process changes.

Ms. Horne was Director of Communications at the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, responsible for all legislative, public, and intergovernmental affairs. She began her government career at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships for Open Source, driving collaboration across the sixteen intelligence agencies in their use of open source intelligence.

While at the ODNI, she served as the Chief of Staff in the standup of the National Maritime Intelligence Center and lead development of the Unified Intelligence Strategy for the National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, unifying intelligence collection and analysis across the intelligence community. She also supported DHS and the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection in increasing information sharing with the private sector. She was awarded five national intelligence awards for her support to the nation.

Prior to her government service, she had an 18-year career in academic publishing, the last 12 as Senior Executive Editor and publishing over 500 academic criminal justice publications, many in law enforcement, while at Wadsworth Publishing.

Ms. Horne holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of Charleston. She and her husband, John Keefe, live in the Palisades in Washington, DC, is a board member of The College of Charleston Foundation, and enjoys gardening and volunteering in her time off.