Emily K. Schack


Emily LinerSupport Analyst / AutoCAD
Protus3 since 2010

Place of Birth: Waynesville, North Carolina
Education: General Education from Peace College, Raleigh, NC; Spent a summer abroad in Copenhagen Denmark, studying Interior Architecture and Scandinavia Design through the affiliation of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Graduated with Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a minor in Studio Art from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, which is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly known as FIDER. Since graduation, earned a certificate of completion in continuing education from Wake Tech Community College in AutoDesk Revit software.

What do you enjoy most about your role in security?
I think first and foremost, I never thought throughout my Interior Design education that I would work for a security consulting firm. It honestly never crossed my mind. It really does just goes to show you never know what the future holds, and the same is true in security. This stands true for security as well. Part of my role in security is to stay a step ahead of the rest, because you don’t know what the future will entail. Knowing that I am contributing to making secure environments functional and safer for others is what I enjoy most.

What is your greatest security concern?
A concern would have to be “the unknown” that is around every corner. In hindsight, just because an incident hasn’t happened to you or on the premises of your company or place of business, does not mean you have a safe environment. Being responsible for protecting people and property can be intimidating. The important thing is to stay on top of the latest issues, strategies, and technology and as key points in preventing emerging threats and enhancing security for your organization. An attacker’s first step is through gathered information. This step can be delayed through a security design, but real-world attacks include elements of all strategies. Many times, threats can be or could have been avoided through the act of reporting suspicious activity. It is always better to report it and be wrong, then to have never acted on that instinct.

What are some notable or memorable projects?
In my time here at RMA I’ve been a part of security assessments and designing systems for the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington DC, an Animal Adaption center in Wake County, Indigo Hotel in Wilmington, a variety schools and apartment complexes throughout the state, fire stations, IMAX theater, museums and absolutely everything in between. But I will never forget my first project with RMA. I came on board at 60% Construction Documents for the New Broughton Hospital, a division of Department of Health and Human Services for North Carolina. At the time I was slightly overwhelmed at jumping into a project over half way through the design phase, but also by the size of this hospital. It might only be three level building, but it falls right under a half a million square feet! After all is said and done, it is such a fabulous feeling to know I tackled a project on such a large scale. There are some of the most advance security devices in this building. It is absolutely rewarding to know I contributed in this project, and that this is just one of many more to come.

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