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Brand Protection

Cisco partners with law enforcement and government to combat crime and protect consumers.

Why our work matters

IP theft and counterfeiting lead to lost jobs and tax revenue, compromised security, and increased organized crime.


Revenue lost by U.S. companies alone due to pirated software.


Revenue of global IT industry lost to counterfeiters annually.

Source: Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA)


Cost of IP threats to domestic companies.

How the Cisco Brand Protection Team combats illegal activities and protects consumers

Investigation and enforcement

We pursue global investigations to catch and stop the largest offenders.

Global partnerships

We partner with law enforcement and government agencies to combat crime and protect local economies.

Education and awareness

We help our Cisco customers and partners verify products and learn how to protect themselves.

Intelligence and analysis

We develop analytic tools and collect actionable intelligence on illegal activities worldwide.

Anti-counterfeiting defenses

We develop technologies to detect and prevent illegal activities, including tools for customs officials.

Digital fraud protection

We combat illegal activity done through computer programs, websites, emails, or other online tools. 

Off Book Training

Cisco requires our partners to certify they have reviewed Cisco's Off-Book Funds training.

Access the training and learn more about Cisco’s position on the use of Off-Book Funds.

Case Studies

Prodec's Journey with Cisco

Check how Prodec benefited from joining Cisco's Authorized Partner program selling Cisco Refresh.

Brand Protection in the spotlight

Oliver Tuszik describes how Cisco Brand Protection helps partners defend against the risks of grey market and counterfeit products.

Why authorized matters

Learn how Cisco Brand Protection safeguards against counterfeit and unauthorized products.

How Brand Protection supports Cisco partners

Learn about Cisco Brand Protection's priorities in combatting unauthorized and counterfeit and protecting our partners' investment in Cisco

Contact Brand Protection

The Brand Protection Team operates around the globe. Contact us for assistance or to report suspicious activities.