“The challenge is that the value of the data, whether it’s held by a large entity or a small entity, is equal to the bad guys,” says Mark Johnson who leads the health care cyber security team at Nashville-based LBMC.

While large health systems are big targets, smaller physician practices and providers are especially vulnerable, Johnson says. But he also sees the uptick in health care hacking incidents as a good thing, because a few years ago, many of them may have gone unnoticed and unreported.

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