The Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) Program

BECCA offered paper and pencil tests for many years at the request of the U.S. DoD and others, but hardcopy tests are no longer required. Most CCO functions are now online, including the CCO test. This will make the certification process easier for everyone in both the public and private sectors.

CCO Program Updates for September 2017

The BECCA Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) Program was established in March of 1992 and is updated regularly. The New CCO Essay Test is a four-hour written examination that tests the candidates’ ability to evaluate, synthesize, and apply what they have learned in the CCO Program.

Candidates must answer forty (40) test questions in written form by writing short paragraphs to:

Identify, describe and explain a problem

Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a statement  

State why they agree or disagree with a published report

Identify the similarities and differences between items

Discuss the major causes of an adverse event

Describe a situation that illustrates a principle.

CCO Recertification 
CCOs receive credits toward Recertification by submitting articles for The Business Espionage Report, BECCA Journal, and/or contributing to our other ongoing research projects. Recertification term is for three (3) calendar years and requires a total of 60 CPE credits per term for continuing education, authorship, and instruction, including Customized Independent Study.

For more information about recertification contact us using your CCO Registration Number for Identification.

Skill Standards & Certification
William M. Johnson took part in a research project cosponsored by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education to "adopt a strategy to establish job-related (and industry-specific) skill standards, built around core proficiencies, and to develop skill certificates to accompany these standards." (Federal Register /Vol.57/ March 18, 1992.) The CCO Program is based on this research, updated regularly and available to qualified applicants in both the public & private sectors.

"The U.S. Department of Education is impressed with the BECCA Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) Program. We are especially impressed that a private organization has gone ahead on its own with this much-needed project." (Dept. of Education, Business and Educational Standards)

"The CCO is the only management level certification that provides an overview of Business Espionage. The CCO may consult with and or supervise various and numerous technical specialists." (DoD)

The CCO Program supports the Intelligence and Information Technology Military Occupational Specialties, and a number of others. (See Military COOL, Credentialing Opportunities On-Line)

Professional certification validates your training and experience in your present career and provides a bridge to the future when your career is in transition. The CCO Program fills the needs of a wide range of busy professionals and is based on accepted educational standards.
* To obtain the Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) credential candidates are required to document their education and related experience and pass the CCO exam based on the CD, 101 Questions & Answers About Business Espionage, a Required Reading List, and The Business Espionage Report (TBER).
The CD covers:
Putting The Spy World in Perspective - 20%                     
The Personal Side Of Business Espionage - 17%              
Pretext Attacks - 10%
Computer Abuse - 15%
Technical Surveillance - 18%
Undercover Attacks - 10% 
Planning Controls & Countermeasures Programs - 10%

* The CD is included as part of the CCO Program.  


is eligible for CCO certification?

Applicants must be professionals with a minimum of three (3) years experience and have performed, or had responsibility for, a minimum of five (5) audits, surveys, or inspections in either the public or the private sector. They must also pass the Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) written examination.
Why should I become a CCO?
You may be an intelligence specialist in government service, or a business manager, consultant or instructor in the private sector. You may already have several titles and certifications, but want to know more about the Four Faces of Business Espionage: Pretext Attacks, Computer Abuse, Technical Surveillance, and Undercover Operations. The Espionage Act made it clear that you must take precautions that prove you are trying to protect your business secrets. The courts, investors, and insurance providers expect it. Recent world events make this more important than ever. You need to protect yourself, your career, and your organization.
are the costs?

$350 in U.S.
Outside U.S. $375 to cover the cost of additional postage.
The fee covers the CD, the Exam and the CCO Certificate and ID Card mailed to those who successfully complete the program and are entered in the CCO Register.
When can I start?
You can start now if you meet the minimum requirements.
1. Complete the CCO Application and send it to  
    (Do not include the certification fee at this time.)
2. We will review your application, answer any questions you may have and contact you when your application is accepted. 
     The certification fee of $350 will be due at that time.
3. You will receive instructions regarding the exam when the fee is paid.

CD 101 Q&A About Business Espionage
Contact for new information about the CCO Program.