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Business Security Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster’s flexible online Business Security Certificate program consists of courses geared toward improving your current knowledge of security in your current position or to gain a better understanding of security for enterprises. You’ll cover topics such as an introduction to criminal justice, security and loss prevention, criminal law, computer-based crime, and more.

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.

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

Begin your study of the exciting field of criminal justice.


  • Discuss the nature of crime and how it affects society
  • Explain the history, organization, role, and function of policing, as well as its issues
  • Identify the various roles of the judicial process and the stages of a trial
  • Describe the role that correctional institutions have fulfilled, their design, the people who live there, and the difficulties encountered when leaving the structured environment of prison
  • Recognize how juvenile justice and terrorism impact criminal justice in the United States
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Introduction to Criminal Justice

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


  • 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

This course covers the primary functions of private security personnel.


  • 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

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


  • 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

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


  • 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

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.


  • 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

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


  • Consider industrial security in light of business concerns.
  • Explore present day technology issues and emergency management dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate lawful approaches to investigations and understanding of current trends in the security industry.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Security Supervision and Management

Additional Details

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 in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

Short Lessons
Easy-to-Access Lessons
Each lesson is broken into short chapters that allow you to fit learning into whatever time you have available. Don’t have time to finish a lesson? Not a problem - pick up where you left off next time!
Digital Flashcards
Digital Flashcards
A fun and interactive way to test your knowledge before your exams. Find out what information you've mastered, and what material needs additional review.
Discussion Boards
Discussion Boards
With Penn Foster Career School, you are never alone! Our learning platform includes discussion boards so you can connect with instructors and other students in the Business Security program.

Sample Business Security Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Business Security course would look like.
Sample Business Security Lesson
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
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