Cybersecurity Blog

Brandon Lecoq

Brandon Lecoq

Cybersecurity Manager

Recent posts by Brandon Lecoq

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BEMO ranks #1951 on the Inc. 5000!

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 18, 2021 1:33:10 PM

Inc. Magazine publishes a yearly list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States called the Inc. 5000, and for the first time in our 11 years of business, BEMO has made the list. And not only did we "make" the list, but we ranked #1951 of 5000 companies!  

Topics: Company success updates
5 min read

What is Managed IT?

By Brandon Lecoq on May 24, 2021 10:15:53 AM

If you're googling "what is Managed IT" or "IT Support" then you're probably the CEO, COO, or CFO of a small business with 10 to 50-ish employees. You're also probably starting to get pretty tired of being the default part-time IT person simply because you know a tad more about technology than the rest of your people.

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Windows 10 Pro vs Enterprise

By Brandon Lecoq on Jan 1, 2021 6:00:00 AM

UPDATED August 31st, 2021 to reflect new (lower) pricing:

Windows 10 Pro is the business version of Windows 10 that comes pre-installed on most PCs when you buy them from Dell, HP, Microsoft, etc. Windows 10 Enterprise however, is an add-on
that sits on top of Windows 10 Pro for added security and mobile device management benefits. Windows 10 Enterprise can be purchased as a monthly subscription for $7 or $11 per user/month, similar to the other Office 365 licenses. There are two Windows 10 Enterprise licenses, they are called Windows 10 E3 and Windows 10 E5.

Topics: Windows 10
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The 12 Best Business Books That Made BEMO 3X Revenue in 2020

By Brandon Lecoq on Oct 16, 2020 3:06:31 PM

I'm a voracious consumer of books, whether it be reading them or listening to them, I probably consume 2-3 books per month and have done so for several years. I have consumed every popular business book ranging from startups, management, sales, marketing, etc. You name it I've probably read it. Most of these books have one or two key takeaways and the rest is fluff. However, there are 12 books that I keep returning to. 12 books that I've added umpteen sticky notes to, and have dogeared the pages and written comments in the columns. 12 books I often revisit. So, let's revisit them together!

Topics: Company success updates
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Buying GoDaddy Office 365: Why It's A Trap!

By Brandon Lecoq on Sep 18, 2020 12:13:32 PM

So, you're an entrepreneur or small business of fewer than 10 people and you're ready to get started. What's the first thing you do to make it official? You buy a domain name for your website! And many of use GoDaddy, the largest domain provider in the United States! And while you're at check out you get this little pop up that says "Hey, while you're here, why don't you get Office 365 so that you get email, word, excel... since you're going to need that too". Why not? You're already buying the domain name, you might as well make it super official and get an email as well! And everything is swell...

Topics: GoDaddy Office 365
6 min read

Our 23 Future Team Member Benefits (To Be Implemented by December 2023)

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 21, 2020 8:26:33 AM

"Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first." Simon Sinek

Topics: Company success updates
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10 Challenges of Managing Your Virtual Team (and 10 WFH Solutions)

By Brandon Lecoq on Jul 12, 2020 7:32:20 AM

Whether you're starting a remote company from scratch or you're trying to transform your current business into running more smoothly while people work from home, you'll find that operating a remote company has different challenges than a traditional office operation. In the list below we outline some of the most common challenges of remote companies with solutions that we use. Why care about what we have to say? BEMO is a 100% remote company since 2010, so this work from home stuff hasn't changed a thing for us.
Topics: Company success updates
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Welcome Julia Chester, BEMO's Second Hire of 2020!

By Brandon Lecoq on Apr 6, 2020 1:09:58 PM

Julia is our latest addition to the BEMO team by way of Alaska! She will work closely with Brandon as an Inbound Marketer, bringing fresh content to your fingertips!

Topics: Company success updates
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Welcome Mohamed Sekrane, BEMO's First Hire of 2020!

By Brandon Lecoq on Jan 30, 2020 5:49:58 PM

Mohamed is our newest addition to BEMO! He is joining our team as an Implementation and Support Engineer and will work closely with Cata, Harpreet, and Bruno. He is very customer-centric, so we're especially happy to have him!

Topics: Company success updates
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SQL Server 2008 End Of Life

By Brandon Lecoq on Nov 26, 2019 9:05:15 AM

Microsoft will no longer release security updates for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 after July 9, 2019. Remaining on legacy infrastructure exposes your business to security threats, makes you non-compliant with regulations, and is more costly to operate.

Topics: SQL Server
12 min read

Microsoft 365 vs Office 365

By Brandon Lecoq on Nov 21, 2019 1:15:31 PM

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Microsoft 365 is the parent product of Office 365 and was created to bundle all of Microsoft's 'a-la-cart' productivity, mobility, and security tools into one, so that as a customer you only have to think about buying one tool instead of educating yourself on the hundreds of different tools and features so you can choose between them. 

In this blog, we will discuss the following:

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Microsoft 365 Business Premium vs Office 365 E3

By Brandon Lecoq on Nov 20, 2019 2:06:39 PM

Microsoft 365 Business Standard (formerly known as Office 365 Business Premium) is by far the most common product among SMBs while Office 365 E3 has become the standard for enterprises, which Microsoft describes a 300+ employees. In this article, we will discuss the following 9 additional features included with Office 365 E3:

  1. Maximum number of users
  2. Exchange Online Inbox Size
  3. OneDrive for Business Storage Size
  4. Shared Computer Activation
  5. Office 365 Data Loss Prevention
  6. Office 365 Calling Plan + Phone System Compatibility
  7. Unlimited Email Archiving
  8. Office 365 Cloud App Security
  9. Office 365 Message Encryption
Topics: Office 365
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The Office 365 for Government Buyers Journey

By Brandon Lecoq on Oct 24, 2019 4:45:26 PM

Most of our customers and partners ask us about the approval process for government organizations wanting to be on Microsoft Government Community Cloud (GCC). It's hard to find any reading materials online and even when you call Microsoft's sales number the reps aren't equipped with the knowledge either, so I'm writing this to clear the air!

Topics: Office 365 Government

Will Your Business Get Hacked? (Quiz)

By Brandon Lecoq on Sep 24, 2019 9:35:04 AM

The team at BEMO came up with the most important questions to ask any business owner or company executive when determining their risk of a data breach. These questions (which take 5 minutes or less to answer) illuminate whether a business has the infrastructure to identify, classify, prevent, and remediate the most common cyber-attacks.
Click on the survey to begin. 

Topics: Cybersecurity
8 min read

Office 365 for Education: Everything You Need To Know

By Brandon Lecoq on Sep 4, 2019 2:45:11 PM

No company on the planet can beat Microsoft's value to schools and education organizations. Between school-specific applications, heavily discounted pricing, and free on-site training from the Microsoft Retail staff, schools nowadays receive technology and help that none of us had growing up ask kids. In this post we'll go over everything school's should know about Microsoft and how they'll revolutionize your school.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Schools / Education
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Azure MFA Loophole: Why am I still under attack?

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 28, 2019 9:11:05 AM

I was approached by the Head of IT for a 70-something person company via LinkedIn, wanting an independent review of their environment. I thought sure, let's schedule a call to go over the details. This guy's company had an IT infrastructure of the future; the most well-prepared lead I had ever dealt with! Everyone in the company worked from home, connecting through a remote desktop, multi-factor authentication (MFA) was turned on for everyone, and they were all managed by Azure Active Directory (AD). On top of all that they already had tools to monitor their environment. This was going to be the quickest and easiest penetration test we had ever done! 😁

Topics: Azure Cybersecurity
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What is Microsoft 365?

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 9, 2019 9:09:38 PM

Microsoft is now pushing companies to adopt the Microsoft 365 product line, which bundles Office 365 with Windows 10 and their cybersecurity tools dubbed Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). There are 3 versions, Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business), Microsoft 365 E3, and Microsoft 365 E5. This post describes every feature to help you determine which version you need for you business.

Topics: Microsoft 365
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Welcome Catalin Alaci, BEMO's latest hire!

By Brandon Lecoq on Aug 1, 2019 3:35:19 PM

Cata is our newest addition to BEMO. He is joining Bruno and Harpreet on the implementation team as a Cybersecurity Engineer. Cata has known the founders, Joel and Bruno for a very long time; having worked together in Microsoft's Hardware division in the late 1990's. In fact here's a picture I dug up of them below in 1998!

Topics: Company success updates
8 min read

Office 365 E3 vs E5: Which one is better for my company?

By Brandon Lecoq on Jul 9, 2019 4:28:18 PM

Office 365 E3 is $20 per user/month and Office 365 E5 is $35 per user/month, so is it worth the extra $15 per user/month? In this article we dive into the specific features you get for the extra money so that you can decide whether it makes sense for your company to upgrade from Office 365 E3 to Office 365 E5.

Topics: Office 365
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How to Migrate from GoDaddy to Office 365: Step-By-Step Guide

By Brandon Lecoq on Jun 18, 2019 1:45:30 PM

Besides using GoDaddy as our DNS provider, we're not really fans of their email service or the way they lock people into long-term contracts when they bundle Office 365. GoDaddy, for whatever reason, will restrict global admin privileges and restrict the apps that can be used, really inconveniencing customers. So here's a step by step guide to migrate from Godaddy to Office 365.

This article is continuously being updated as steps change. Last updated: February 5th, 2021

Topics: GoDaddy Office 365 Step-by-Step Guide
24 min read

Migrate From Gmail to Office 365: Step-By-Step Guide

By Brandon Lecoq on Jun 18, 2019 1:24:37 PM

Most people that come to us to migrate their email to Office 365 are under the impression that it's a really easy process. You have no idea how many times I've heard, "you're just copying and pasting a bunch of .pst files". So I'm publishing my step-by-step guide for migrating Gmail to Office 365 to show everyone how to do it themselves. 

This article is continuously being updated as steps change. Last updated: February 18, 2021. 

Topics: Office 365 Step-by-Step Guide Gmail
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Windows Server 2008 End of Life

By Brandon Lecoq on Jun 11, 2019 9:14:43 AM

Microsoft will no longer release security for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 starting January 14, 2020. Remaining on legacy infrastructure exposes your business to security threats, makes you non-compliant with regulations, and is more costly to operate.

Topics: Windows Server