James is a Senior Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services (AWS), supporting State and Local Government (SLG) customers in the Southeast. Prior to joining AWS, he served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the University of South Carolina, and previously held IT leadership positions at the University of Tennessee System (UT), including Chief Information Officer, Executive Director of Systems, Associate CIO for Statewide Services, and Chief Information Security Officer. Before joining UT, Perry spent 13 years as an IT consultant with a focus on small- to medium-size businesses. Perry holds an MBA from Tennessee Tech University and a B.S. in Business from Lee University. In addition, Perry has earned several industry certifications including the AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, AWS Certified Security Specialty, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), and the Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS) among many others.