Damien Suggs has been in the IT Security Field in various capacities for over seventeen years working in environments such as telecommunications, the public sector, healthcare, and retail. He has extensive experience in PCI compliance, NIST and HIPAA regulations, and EHNAC regulatory compliance. Damien spearheaded the effort to ramp up HIPAA regulatory compliance for AT&T when the HITECH act was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that brought AT&T, a backbone carrier of sensitive personally identifiable information, into scope for HIPAA requirements. Damien is the immediate past president of the Metro-Atlanta ISSA chapter. During his eight-year relationship with the Metro-Atlanta ISSA chapter, he assisted the chapter to grow in roles such as Director of Membership, Director of Training, Conference Chair and Chapter Secretary. Damien holds twenty IT security certifications including the CISSP, SANS GPEN, MSCE, CCNA, CCNA, and CCNE.