A leading legal technology provider, GlobalX is warning law firms to review their system administration and cyber security processes in the wake of Microsoft’s imminent cessation of support for Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) early next year.

From 31 January 2020, security updates and technical assistance will no longer be available for IE 10.

The implications of IE 10 becoming unsupported include the potential for performance issues from applications and hardware built to work on later platforms, inability to seek technical assistance for system issues and cyber security risks as a result of security updates no longer being available.

Firms may not be aware but many Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) no longer support older versions of IE in line with Microsoft’s policies. For example, the GlobalX Search platform and Open Practice takes advantage of modern web standards and runs best with the latest browser.

GlobalX Chief Information Officer David Hobley is urging law firms to act now to avoid disruptions caused by the upcoming changes.

“It’s very important for firms using IE 10 to upgrade to IE 11 as soon as possible,” Mr Hobley said.

“With hackers becoming savvier by the day, any firm that chooses to remain on IE 10 after 31 January 2020 exposes itself ten-fold to cyber security risks.

“Without critical browser security updates, law firms become vulnerable to malicious software which can steal or damage business data and information. Data breaches, malware, ransomware, phishing and viruses are just some of the possible consequences of staying on an unsupported browser.

“When dealing with sensitive client information, a data breach would be catastrophic and very costly for a law firm.” Mr Hobley said.

“System administration-wise, opting not to upgrade from IE 10 can seriously affect productivity as some applications and other programs may not work properly or even stop working if they’re optimised for more recent browsers.

“If firms want their operations to run smoothly in the new year, I would recommend discussing their current system administration procedures with an expert in the IT field to ensure their technology and processes are up-to-date and free from productivity and cyber security risks.” Mr Hobley said.