The recent arrests in South America and Europe of 25 hackers from the “Anonymous” group has done little to quell the threats of cyberattacks on companies in the United States.

During the past few years, companies such as Sony, Nintendo, MasterCard, DuPont and Google have been victims of cyberattacks. Given the vulnerabilities of such large corporations, what chance do smaller businesses have to protect their data systems from infiltration?

On Wednesday, the Northern Virginia Technology Council convenes a panel to discuss how you can better safeguard your trade secrets and other intellectual property. An FBI agent specializing in counterintelligence and the director of Northrop Grumman’s civil cyber initiatives will discuss, among other topics, what the government is doing to protect businesses.

The session is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Northrop Grumman, 7575 Colshire Dr. in McLean.

On Friday, the national entre­pre­neur­ship movement seeking to help owners of start-ups with high-growth potential is to establish an operation in Maryland.

Startup America Partnership , which already started initiatives in the District and Virginia, plans to kick off Startup Maryland with a program featuring Scott Case, chief executive of Startup America Partnership and a founder of, as well as Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank.

The program is to start at 10 a.m. at Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland in College Park. Afterward, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the university’s Robert H. Smith School of Business (which produces the Business Rx and Career Coach columns for Capital Business) will showcase area start-ups and hold its annual Cupid’s Cup competition during which students and alumni can pitch business ideas for prizes.

Other events of note
Tuesday, March 27

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the African American Chamber of Commerce outline the requirements minority business owners must meet to qualify for the government’s Minority Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification. The session is to start at 9 a.m. at the Germantown Innovation Center, 20271 Goldenrod Lane in Germantown.

Wednesday, March 28

Tired of being overlooked in your bid to get a federal contract? The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce outlines why contractors lose bids and what they can do about it. The session is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. at the chamber office, 8230 Old Courthouse Rd., Suite 350, in Vienna.

Thursday, March 29

Want more customers or clients? The Greater Washington Board of Trade is planning an all-day workshop aimed at teaching you how to boost your sales. The session is to begin at 9 a.m. at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St. NW in Washington.

— V. Dion Haynes