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Julia Chester

Julia Chester

Inbound Marketer

Recent posts by Julia Chester

6 min read

Security Attestation: What is it? Do I need it? + Free template

By Julia Chester on Sep 16, 2021 7:34:08 PM

Do you know where you stand in terms of your security status?
If you just cried a little wondering a.) what I'm talking about and b.) if you're in big-time trouble, dry your eyes. We've got you covered. This blog will explain all you need to know about Security Attestation: What is it? Do you need it? And...if you do, we've included a free downloadable template (the exact one we use). We've also included an interview with Carol Bubar to explain further. So, let's get started!

Topics: Cybersecurity Managed IT
5 min read

Welcome Steve Gershik, BEMO's Third Hire of 2021

By Julia Chester on Sep 3, 2021 5:57:47 AM

After months of preparation, sorting through hundreds of applications, and weeks of interviews, we are happy to announce that Steve Gershik has joined the BEMO team as our first-ever VP of Marketing! As a marketing pro, Steve will use his expertise to continue to engage, delight, and grow our BEMO customers. He will work with Julia in the Marketing Department and coordinate efforts across all of our BEMO teams.

So, who is Steve?

Topics: Company success updates
6 min read

How to prevent cybersecurity attacks

By Julia Chester on Aug 12, 2021 5:22:41 PM

Hello Sir/Madam,

My name is Joe and I want all of your money. Will you wire it to me?



Ah, if only attacks were that easy to spot. Cybersecurity attacks have come a long way since back in the day when fake princes were asking for exorbitant sums. These days, you might not even realize you're being hacked until it's too late. All the big names from YouTube to the Department of Defense (eek!) have been hacked and if you think "Oh, but I'm too small to get hacked!" I have bad news: you're not. In Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report, 61% of breach victims were small businesses. Here are some more fun facts:

Great, right? 😲 OK, OK, the stats aren't ideal but...the great thing about these stats is that with a little forethought, you can get your security into place and avoid being a statistic. How? Read on, my friend.

10 min read

Managed IT Services Near Me: Does Location Matter?

By Julia Chester on Jul 29, 2021 5:28:29 PM

While the last year has taught us that more things than ever can take place virtually (think: school, counseling, events, etc.) some things simply have to be in-person. Ice cream tastings, childcare services, dog walking get the gist, right? While we've all expanded our minds as to what can be done (and done well) online, we've also found the hard stops where in-person simply can't be replaced. So, where is the line when it comes to Managed IT? Can you really get quality service from someone who has never stepped foot in your office? Let's find out.

Topics: Comparison Managed IT
6 min read

Benefits of IT Management

By Julia Chester on Jul 8, 2021 6:34:54 PM

Whenever we are making a decision, we want to know: how will this benefit me? Right? Thankfully, in our hyper-connected world, there's information aplenty to help you make those decisions. When it comes to deciding whether the benefits of Managed IT are worth the cost, we've got all the information you need. In this blog, we'll look at some of the perks of Managed IT and whether or not it's a good fit for you. Let's jump in, shall we?

Topics: Comparison
5 min read

O365: Improve Microsoft Office Skills

By Julia Chester on Jun 24, 2021 7:15:24 PM

So, your company has made the move and you're living your best Microsoft Office 365 life. Congratulations! From Teams to the Office Suite your workday has gone from sour to sweet. Right? Hopefully! We all know the saying "Give a woman a fish, she'll eat for a day. Teach a woman to fish and she'll never be hungry again." Well, if it's one thing we've learned working with our customers, this saying embodies it fully! You can have all the tools in the world with the bells and whistles to boot but if you don't know how to use those tools (and most importantly, how to use them specifically for your business) then they aren't worth anything to you. Luckily, there's a simple solution: knowledge. Knowledge is power and in this blog, we're going to show your our superpower when it comes to learning all things Microsoft Office 365.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams OneDrive How-To
3 min read

Welcome Lauren MacBlane, BEMO's Second Hire of 2021

By Julia Chester on Jun 10, 2021 12:45:23 PM

Please help us in welcoming to the team Lauren MacBlane! Lauren is our newest BEMO team member and will be joining us as our second Customer Success Manager. She will focus on creating stellar relationships with our customers, helping them create long-term plans and keeping them happy as clams. Lauren will work closely with Domonic and Carol.

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
3 min read

Welcome Sylwia Chmielewska, BEMO's First Hire of 2021

By Julia Chester on Jun 3, 2021 5:03:26 PM

Sylwia is the newest addition to our BEMO team and we couldn't be happier to have her! Joining us as our Head of People, Sylwia will be a stellar addition to our Leadership Team and will spearhead our aggressive recruiting plan, seeking out the best of the best for BEMO. We are so pleased to have her on the team!

A little background on Sylwia:

Sylwia comes to the U.S. by way of her homeland of Poland. Sylwia and her husband arrived in Washington state for what they thought would be a short stint in Redmond when he was recruited by Microsoft. 17 years later, they are still living in Washington! Having gone to law school in Poland, Sylwia was drawn to the rules and order as well as the help Human Resources provides companies and their employees.

Luckily for us, HR is what brought her to know our CEO, Bruno Lecoq, and what brings them to work together again, all these years later at BEMO! While Washington has clearly created a place in Sylwia's heart, when asked where her favorite place on earth was, she replied "My parents' house". Family is important to Sylwia. Her favorite family tradition? "Eating dinner together every day. We laugh a lot during dinner". says Sylwia about herself, her husband, and their two kiddos, ages 13 and 7. Their bunny, Coco, and their fish, Sparkly, also add to the fun.


Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
8 min read

How to Clear Your Outlook Cache

By Julia Chester on Dec 25, 2020 5:45:00 AM

Everyone loves a speedy email experience, right? Of course. There's nothing worse than watching your email update or waiting for messages to load. Cache files to the rescue! Sort of...Outlook creates and saves cache files to your computer in order to create a speedy service. However, these saved files aren't always speed demons, in fact, sometimes they step on the brakes. How? Read along to find out why you might want to clear your Outlook cache and most importantly, how to do it!

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Step-by-Step Guide
8 min read

Customer Interviews, Phase II: A Change Is Gonna Come, 10 Promises for 2020 and Beyond

By Julia Chester on Nov 6, 2020 4:51:32 PM

Earlier this fall, we had our final of 10 customer interviews. It was a process we began in summer of this year and one that was long overdue. With the last interview complete, we dove on in to the data, both qualitative (in-depth interviews) and quantitative (surveys). What did we find and thus, what change will come? Read along to find out.

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
4 min read

Welcome Christophe Koehl, BEMO's Seventh Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on Oct 30, 2020 4:53:28 PM

Christophe Koehl is our newest addition to the BEMO team! Christophe joins us as an Implementation Engineer. He is an expert in Autopilot and Intune deployment and will be a wonderful addition to our team (a statement we know is true because he has worked with Carol, Cata and Bruno in the past!). Christophe will work closely with Bruno, Mohamed, Cata and Harpreet of our Implementation Team. 

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
3 min read

Customer Interviews, Phase I: We Asked, You Answered

By Julia Chester on Sep 25, 2020 6:24:09 PM

When I joined BEMO, six months ago now (!), I was curious about our customers. Working in Marketing, I spent very little time actually interacting with them, yet our blog, our vision, everything we do is meant to revolve around them. You see the disconnect, right? Certainly my comrades at BEMO could tell me about our customers and advise me, but talking about swimming and catapulting off the high dive are two different things. So, I dove right in.

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
2 min read

Welcome Sakshi Tomar, BEMO's Sixth Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on Sep 18, 2020 12:25:04 PM

We are happy to announce that Sakshi Tomar has joined the BEMO team! Sakshi will be our first hire solely dedicated to Technical Support. She will help our customers navigate issues and utilize the full potential of their tools. She will work both with the Implementation and the Customer Success teams!

A little to share about Sakshi:

Sakshi hails from India where she lives just ten minutes from one of our other team members, Harpreet Singh, who is a good friend of hers. 

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
7 min read

Our 23 Employee Benefits: The Final Outcome

By Julia Chester on Sep 11, 2020 5:02:28 PM

UPDATE, January 2021: When we first published this post last fall, 2020, we mentioned it would be updated as our benefits were update. Now's the time! Check out what's new in the world of BEMO benefits (hint: it's amazing 👏).

We started our BEMO benefits discussion earlier this summer and now, come early fall, the votes are in, the revisions have been made and...

It's time for to reveal the final outcome.

So, what are our BEMO benefits now? Read along to find out.

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
3 min read

We Ranked The 23 Team Member Benefits As A Company

By Julia Chester on Sep 4, 2020 11:09:23 AM

Earlier this summer, our CEO and CFO asked all of our BEMO employees to participate in a week-long brainstorm. "A week-long brainstorm? About what?" you might wonder. Our employee benefits. So, brainstorm we did. This blog will discuss the next step we endeavored upon as a team: voting on the brainstormed benefits. 

Topics: Company success updates Life at BEMO
2 min read

Welcome Domonic Lastoria, BEMO's Fifth Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on Sep 2, 2020 12:05:43 PM

Domonic is the newest addition to our BEMO team. He will be joining us as our Customer Success Manager in order to build long-term relationships with our current customers and keep them delighted! Domonic will work closely with Brandon, Julia and Josh.

Topics: Company success updates
47 min read

Your Complete Guide to Microsoft Email Security

By Julia Chester on Aug 28, 2020 1:15:15 PM

Technology is ever-evolving. Every day there are new ways to interact online and with those many points of access, open many doors for security issues. So, how does one stay on top of new tech while simultaneously protecting it? Just as tech is ever-evolving, so is our learning. In this guide, we will teach you the five steps you need to take to fully secure your email though Microsoft.

Topics: Microsoft 365 Step-by-Step Guide
2 min read

Welcome Carol Bubar, BEMO's Fourth Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on Jul 31, 2020 7:30:02 PM

Welcome to BEMO, Carol! Carol Bubar has joined BEMO as our newest team member and we couldn't be happier. Carol works as our Operational Excellence Manager, ensuring that BEMO runs as beautifully as a Swiss watch. Carol will be working closely with the entire team, optimizing sales and engineering operations to ensure that our customers are happy and we achieve all of our long and short-term initiatives.

Topics: Company success updates
13 min read

9 Tips for Meeting with Microsoft Teams

By Julia Chester on Jul 24, 2020 3:27:49 PM

If you’re using Teams and you’re like me, you’re discovering new things about it every day. Microsoft has been a busy bee since the release of Teams and even more so since 2020 became the year of working from home. While there is certainly shiny and new goodness coming our way all the time, there are a few Teams staples everyone should master to have the best meetings possible. Let’s explore 9 tips for meeting with Teams (including one shiny newbie to look forward to).

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams
10 min read

10 Benefits of Microsoft Teams (To Make Life a Whole Lot Better)

By Julia Chester on Jun 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM

A few months ago, upon starting up with BEMO, they upgraded my setup from my  laptop to a new laptop and two monitors. It was an outright command station, if I'd ever seen one. At first I thought “Is this overkill?” but now I couldn’t imagine using anything else. My eyes thank me for it and so does my productivity, I couldn't imagine reverting to my old setup. When you taste the good life, there's no going back. Such is life with Microsoft Teams. Haven’t noticed? Let’s take a stroll through Teams and I’ll show you just how much better your life has become (perhaps without you even realizing it).

Topics: Microsoft 365
7 min read

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Plan 1 vs Plan 2

By Julia Chester on Jun 5, 2020 5:37:12 PM

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) protects you by preventing dangerous links and malicious attachments from entering your organization via email and other tools (like SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams). On the rare occasion that Office 365 ATP somehow fails to intercept these dangers, the automated investigation and response feature will kick in and remediate the breach. 

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 Cybersecurity
3 min read

Welcome Josh Franklin, BEMO's Third Hire of 2020!

By Julia Chester on May 29, 2020 6:45:10 PM

Josh is our newest BEMO team member and comes to us by way of Houston, Texas! Josh will join us as a Cloud Solutions Specialist, providing full-scope cloud consultations to our small and midsize businesses as well as to our education, government and non-profit customers. He'll be working closely with Brandon and Julia.

Topics: Company success updates
5 min read

Microsoft Authenticator App (MFA the easy way)

By Julia Chester on May 21, 2020 2:41:47 PM

I am busy. I have a sneaking suspicion that you are too. However, until recently, I donated precious time, multiple times a day, to getting out my phone and typing in a six-digit code to authenticate my accounts. I get that we need security, but does Multi-Factor Authentication have to be this annoying?

Topics: Cybersecurity
10 min read

Spear Phishing vs. Phishing: The Difference And How To Prevent It

By Julia Chester on Apr 17, 2020 1:23:05 PM

As many companies shift their operations online (and their employees shift into their “daytime jammies”) so too must their attention shift to cybersecurity. In our current COVID-19 conundrum many companies are moving strictly online. With these moves, data protection is more important than ever. Small and Midsize Businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Despite the fact that 67 percent of SMBs experienced a cyberattack last year (according to Keeper Security’s report of 500 senior SMB decision makers) 66 percent still believe that a cyberattack is unlikely and 60 percent do not have a cyberattack prevention plan in place. No company is too big or too small to be hacked and the results can be devastating. The average cost of a cyberattack on SMBs is $200,000, after which most companies must close shop. Phishing is an issue we all face. So, let’s face it, shall we?

Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity Step-by-Step Guide