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Online Cyber Security Certificate

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Program Overview

Learn new job skills to help improve your security knowledge for your current position, or help improve the level of protection of your enterprise by better understanding the essentials of business and cyber security. Penn Foster Career School’s Business Security Certificate Program will teach you the essentials of criminal justice, loss prevention, computer-based crime, and security management. You also can transfer these course credits to Penn Foster College’s Criminal Justice Associate Degree or Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Programs. Penn Foster College is licensed in the state of Arizona. Complete this program in as little as ten months!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Business Security Certificate program aims to improve students' knowledge of security in a current position or be able to improve the level of protection of an enterprise by understanding the essentials of business security.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of the various parts of the criminal justice system at the local, state and federal level and individuals' involvement as citizens and actors, and how that involvement affects the system
  • Discuss the history and development of the private security field to the present day; the liability and the relationship between public and private security; prevention, loss control, investigation; and trends in security and security systems
  • Explain the basics of substantive criminal law, which establishes and defines principles, rights, and limitations, and the penal laws that govern society
  • Demonstrate understanding of the distinctions between crimes of violence and property-based crimes, what constitutes white collar crime, how white collar criminal activity often causes more damage to society than do crimes of violence, the laws involved in prosecuting white collar crimes, as well as how to detect and to gather evidence of white collar crimes
  • Demonstrate understanding of the issues involved in security management across disciplines and around the world, including industrial security in light of business concerns, the legal aspects of security management and prevention, the specific security applications and the investigational intelligence gathering used to assess security systems

Course 1

CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Begin your study of the exciting field of criminal justice.

Objectives:

  • Understand the nature of crime and victimization.
  • Describe the organization, role, and function of the police, as well as issues in policing.
  • Identify the goals of punishment and sentencing as well as the role of correctional institutions.
  • Discuss how society deals with juvenile justice issues.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course 2

CJS135 Introduction to Private Security

Private security departments must focus on the delivery of competent service to organizations and communities.

Objectives:

  • Compare private security to public law enforcement.
  • Describe how the private security industry is regulated.
  • Identify when a private security officer may make an arrest.
  • Identify when the use of force and deadly force are justifiable.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Introduction to Private Security

Course 3

CJS245 Security and Loss Prevention

This course covers the primary functions of private security personnel.

Objectives:

  • Use proven strategies to prevent and reduce loss that normally results from crime, accidents, fire, error, disasters, and mismanagement.
  • Maintain order on private property.
  • Protect people and property against crimes and disasters.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Security and Loss Prevention: An Introduction

Course 4

CJS125 Criminal Law

Criminal law involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime.

Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of substantive criminal law and procedural criminal law.
  • Describe the principles of criminal responsibility and how crimes are classified.
  • Find out how crimes are classified and the origins of criminal law.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Principles of Criminal Law

Course 5

CJS255 Security: Computer-Based Crime

Cyberspace is an environment favorable to committing some traditional crimes and to creating new ones.

Objectives:

  • Classify computer crimes in terms of targets, means, and incidentals.
  • Describe the processing of information at the scene, including taking pictures, making sketches, looking for trace evidence, locating evidence, and bagging and tagging.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime

Course 6

CJS225 White Collar Crime

White collar crime is a nonviolent, financially motivated crime committed for monetary gain. It is very different from other crimes, not only in the way the offenders are treated but also in the way it impacts society as a whole.

Objectives:

  • Learn the distinctions between crimes of violence and property-based crimes.
  • Study what constitutes white collar crime.
  • Discover how this type of criminal activity often causes more damage to society than crimes of violence do.
  • Learn how to detect and gather evidence for white collar crimes.
  • Understand the laws involved in prosecuting such crimes.
  • Learn about corporate crime and political crime.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: White-Collar Crime: The Essentials

Course 7

CJS265 Security Management

This course examines the range of issues involved in security management, across disciplines and around the world.

Objectives:

  • Consider industrial security in light of business concerns.
  • Learn the context for security and legal aspects of security management and prevention.
  • Discover specific security applications and the investigational intelligence gathering used to assess security systems.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Introduction to Security: Operations and Management


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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Sample Lesson

To view a Business Security sample lesson, click here.

Business Security Certificate Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Business Security training program, you’ll cover topics such as:

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Business Security Certificate

The Business Security Certificate Program covers criminal justice, security management, and loss prevention for business. Here are a few qualities that effective criminal justice professionals have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and analyze a situation.
  • Dependable: Clients and law enforcement rely on you to be organized and prepared.
  • Persistent: You work well under pressure and in the face of obstacles.
  • Honest: You are honest and ethical in investigations and security concerns.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and listen to what others have to say regarding projects and tasks.

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- Guiseppe S., Penn Foster graduate

I have had great feedback from my employer after my training from Penn Foster. I have also had other job offers. The knowledge that you learn is priceless. Penn Foster is an excellent school.

- Kenny B., Penn Foster graduate

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- Dahlia R., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Business Security Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Do course credits from the Penn Foster Career School Business Security Certificate Program transfer to any other Penn Foster programs?

Yes. You can transfer these course credits to Penn Foster College’s Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program. Penn Foster College is licensed in the state of Arizona.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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