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.
NEW Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) Program Requirements To obtain the Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) credential candidates are required to document their education and related experience and pass a 4-hour Essay Examination. The test is based on the CD 101 Questions & Answers About Business Espionage and our newsletter The Business Espionage Report (TBER). A Reading List is included for additional Customized Independent Study. CCO Candidates use Search Engines and the Key Words below to find information that fits their specific needs and those of their organizations.
Definition of search engine (Merriam-Webster) “Computer software used to search data (such as text or a database) for specified information; also a site on the World Wide Web that uses such software to locate key words in other sites.”
Definition of key word (Merriam-Webster) “A significant word from a title or document used especially as an index to content. A word exemplifying the meaning or value of a letter or symbol.”
Key Word List: Corporate Espionage Definition of Corporate Espionage Economic Espionage Act of 1996 How to prevent Corporate Espionage Industrial Espionage Definition of Industrial Espionage How to prevent Industrial Espionage History of Industrial Espionage Examples of Industrial Espionage Industrial Espionage Cases Business Espionage Controls & Countermeasures U.S. Government Intelligence Agencies Office of the Director of National Intelligence Department of Homeland Security – Office of Intelligence and Analysis Central Intelligence Agency Federal Bureau of Investigation National Security Agency Defense Intelligence Agency
CCO Program Updates
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. CCO@BECCA-online.org
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.
Who 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. What 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 CCO@BECCA-online.org (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.