Dermatologists in small practices often think they will not get hacked because they may not have troves of patient information or financial data. But this attitude is what makes them a target in the first place. Lax security, a lack of resources and general indifference make the perfect combination for an easy hack into any dermatology practice.

Most small practices use home-based level security, such as routers or access points like you would use at home. Conversely, they often have the kind of data that bigger hospitals have, but they don’t have the appropriate security.

It is important to recognize that even though our dermatology offices may not have as many health records as a large health system, we probably are not the only target for the hacker.