About Me

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James currently serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the University of South Carolina. In this role, he is responsible for leading the information security functions at the university.  Prior to his current role, he served in various IT leadership roles at the University of Tennessee System, including Interim Chief Information Officer, Executive Director of Systems, Associate CIO for Statewide Services, and Chief Information Security Officer. Prior to his time at 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 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE), and the Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS) among many others. 

Perry is a husband, father of 3, and accomplished barbecue judge.

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