A Primer on Firewalls

 

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A strategy executive with experience in finance and telecommunications, Michael Marlowe serves as the director of strategy and vice president of new markets with ChaseTek in Columbus, OH. In his leadership role with the Columbus, OH-based firm, Michael Marlowe serves as a point of contact for services such as VoIP, landline, and firewall management.

In today’s tech-centered world, nearly all telecommunications companies offer some kind of firewall management service. At the most basic level, a firewall refers to a method of filtering incoming and outgoing Internet traffic with the purpose of ensuring network security. The ideal firewall should allow all legitimate traffic through while preventing unwanted traffic that may be harmful to the user’s system.

Firewalls achieve network security in a number of ways. Simple firewalls examine information for characteristics such as its source and location, which can give clues regarding its legitimacy. While these types of firewalls are great at preventing unwanted data from coming in, they do little to prevent unwanted outgoing data from “Trojan horse” viruses. To prevent these malicious programs from transmitting user data, complex software firewalls can be used alongside a hardware firewall.

The Advantages of Using a Data Center

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Michael Marlowe formerly served as managing partner of Columbus, Ohio-based M.Marlowe Consulting, where he worked with CEOs and COOs to help them increase revenue and cut costs. Also a skilled telecommunications broker, he is the director of strategy and vice president of new markets with Chasetek, also in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, Michael Marlowe applies his knowledge and experience with telecommunications and technology offerings, including data centers, which provide many benefits to businesses and organizations. The following are just a few:

Cost savings. Rather than purchasing new equipment as it becomes obsolete, businesses can contract a third-party data center to store their data on the latest equipment.

Speed. Setting up or updating a data center can take organizations as long as two years to complete. By choosing a third-party data center operator, the wait time can be reduced by two to four months.

Flexibility. Data centers allow organizations to utilize more or fewer resources as their data storage needs change. Furthermore, organizations only pay for the resources they use.

Risk Mitigation. By using a data center, organizations can eliminate the risk of losing their data in the event of an emergency at their headquarters.

Benefits of Fiber Optic Cabling

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Michael Marlowe, Columbus OH

A former managing partner of M. Marlowe Consulting in Columbus, OH, Michael Marlowe recently became the director of strategy and vice president of new markets for Chasetek. Alongside his work in Columbus, OH, Michael Marlowe gained extensive experience as a telecommunications professional in areas such as fiber optics.

Formed of pure glass or plastic strands the width of a human hair, fiber optic cables transmit digital information across vast distances. Around those strands forming the core of the cable, another type of glass, known as the cladding, keeps light inside the core, ensuring communication of photons reaches its destination.

Fiber optic cables have much greater capacity than comparably-sized copper cables. The combination of light communication and glass construction eliminates problems from electromagnetic interference, which affect standard network cabling even when it has special shielding. Additionally, light can travel much greater distances without needing signal boosters.

Other advantages of fiber optic cabling range from greater security to increased upload and download speeds. For example, a download that takes 22 minutes through standard copper cabling might require only 8 seconds with fiber optics.

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio Prepares Youth for Economic Success

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As the director of strategy and vice president of new markets at Chasetek in Columbus, OH, business development specialist Michael Marlowe focuses on increasing the company’s new market growth and improving its operational efficiency. Outside of the office, Michael Marlowe works to give back to the Columbus, OH, community as a board member of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio.

In its efforts to give youth the knowledge and skills needed to attain future economic success, Junior Achievement of Central Ohio oversees various programs focused on financial literacy, employment readiness, and entrepreneurship. Through the organization’s JA BizTown program, fourth- through sixth-grade students in 14 Ohio counties have the opportunity to gain real-world skills in business and money management.

Led by local teachers and volunteers, JA BizTown comprises a three-stage process that begins with in-class curriculum on economics. Over the course of four weeks, students study business and citizenship and prepare to operate banks, government buildings, and various businesses in a simulated town.

The half-day simulation not only teaches business skills but helps young students learn to be responsible consumers who do not spend more than they earn. Teachers and students follow up the simulation with a 45-minute lesson to discuss what they’ve learned. More information about JA BizTown and other Junior Achievement programs and events can be found at www.juniorachievement.org.