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Security Courses

Career Diploma in
Security Services

Earning your Security Services Career Diploma will ensure that you are prepared to recognize, deter and respond to crimes and emergencies. Our online security training secures a stable, satisfying future as you protect the public and maintain safety in your choice of careers.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online security training covers the important approaches and techniques that security specialists need to perform their jobs as professionals. You'll learn how to deal with issues such as fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism and illegal activities of all kinds. Key concepts teach you how to…

  • Interface with law enforcement
  • Assess security risk
  • Implement internal and external access controls
  • Prepare for disasters
  • Conduct surveillance

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: An Introduction to Security  

Security basics; studies in human behavior: an essential need for security; defining security; creating and maintaining a stable and predictable environment; threat, risk and vulnerability assessment; risk level analysis; determining probability and criticality; identifying countermeasures; proactive vs. reactive response; contract vs. proprietary officers; outsourcing; real-world security scenarios.

Lesson 3: Defining Security Objectives and Public/Private Safety  

Risk management options; transferring, spreading and assuming risk; the security objective: a seamless, integrated security design; public and private police relations; defining public and private space; who should provide security; mistrust of police; demand for public safety: competitive market responses; community policing; high-profile protection; cultivating respect among professionals.

Lesson 4: Physical, Information, and Personnel Security  

Crime prevention through environmental design; lines of defense; external and internal threats; locks, lights, alarms and access control; intrusion detection devices; asset protection; information security; computer security operation and countermeasures; security management policies and procedures; workplace violence; sexual harassment and discrimination; drug use and abuse; disruptive employee behavior; promoting ethical conduct; hiring, training and supervising security personnel; equipment, tactics and uniforms.

Lesson 5: Integration, Emergency Planning, and Legal Issues  

The essence of integration: know the environment, know the security field and rely on other security experts; the importance of an integrated security design; a model for integration; identifying security factors for a hospital, an airport, a school, a bank and a convenience store -- including risk levels, asset protection, physical security, computer security, information security, personnel issues and security management.

Lesson 6: Security Foundations  

Transit security; utility security; retail security; public events and cultural/city centers; hospitals; the Department of Homeland Security; computer protection; Operation Liberty Shield; state and local response; public/private joint initiatives; the growth of private security in the U.S.; crime trends; professionalism and a new philosophy; protecting life and property; security functions; advantages of contract services vs. proprietary security guards; deciding on a contract security firm; hybrid systems; private security and public law enforcement.

Lesson 7: Jobs, Education, and Training  

Determining needs; security's place in the organization; organizing the security function; the security/loss prevention occupation -- opportunities in personal security, private investigation, consulting, industry, retail, health care, airports, hotels, campuses, banking, alarm response, computers, government and more; proposed regulation; the role of higher education; training; certification and regulation.

Lesson 8: Law and Risk Analysis  

Security, public police and the U.S. Constitution; common law, case law and statutory law; the power of security personnel; felonies and misdemeanors; private security powers regarding arrest, detention, interrogation, search and seizure, use of force and the exclusionary rule; tort law; security and liability; recent trends in liability and privacy; development of case law; risk management; the security survey: the facility, personnel, accounting, data processing, purchasing and shipping and receiving; probability and criticality; security files.

Lesson 9: Inner and Outer Defenses  

Fences and walls; gates and other barrier breaches; barrier protection; inside the perimeter; lighting; security planning; windows and doors; locks and keys; roofs and common walls; surveillance devices; old construction; security principles in design; doors to sensitive areas; traffic patterns; traffic control; employee identification; package control; files, safes and vaults; types of alarm systems.

Lesson 10: Contingency Planning, Fire and Safety, Theft and Personnel Issues  

Fire prevention and protection; safety and loss control; emergency planning; the value of insurance in a total loss prevention program; types of insurance; insuring against crime; insuring property; the dishonest employee; management responsibility in loss prevention; the internal security program; procedural controls; when controls fail; personnel screening; checking employment history and references; backgrounding; integrity and lie detection tests; Americans with Disabilities Act; other screening options; morale.

Lesson 11: Transportation and Cargo Safety, Workplace Violence, and Drug Use  

The role of private security; theft and pilferage; transportation and shipping security planning; cargo in transit; suggested sealing systems and procedures; the phenomenon of workplace violence; profiling and preventing workplace violence; the violence intervention and contingency team; perpetrator's rights; impact of drug use; drug testing; a comprehensive substance abuse program.

Lesson 12: Retail Security and Terrorism  

Shoplifting; checks and credit/debit cards; internal theft; historical background of terrorism worldwide; in search of a definition for international terrorism; terrorism as a tactic, instrument or method; characterizing modern terrorism; specific threats and responses; Al Qaeda; nuclear and radiological threats; bioterrorism; chemical agents; other potential nationwide threats.

Lesson 13: Computers, Information, and Security  

Types of computer systems; networks; database problems; computer system protection; content monitoring and filtering; dealing with identity theft; other data resource vulnerabilities.

Lesson 14: Security Threats of the 21st Century and the Future of Security  

White-collar crime, espionage; piracy; the aftermath of September 11, 2001; private security resources; interaction and cooperation; the limitations of security; future trends.

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  What You Get

Flexible, online security courses make sense for your buy lifestyle. Start on your schedule, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We've removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast.

The Security Services course combines a balance of important theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Comprehensive textbook & study guides
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Career search and time management guides
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates receive a handsome, personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Protect with confidence; enroll in Ashworth's Security Services course today.

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Get started in a new career in Security Services today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.