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Identify Counterfeit and Pirated Products

Brand protection

Protect your infrastructure from threats and ensure top performance by using only genuine Cisco products.

Why should I care?

Buy genuine

Quality and authenticity should be your top consideration when buying products.

Sourcing unauthorized products

Products sourced from outside Cisco authorized channels may pass through many hands before they reach you.

Types of unauthorized products

Unauthorized products may include secondhand, third-party, or even stolen products.

Counterfeit products

Counterfeit products can contain components that have been tampered with, including illegal software. Counterfeit products may not perform to standards.

Counterfeit risks

Counterfeit products can cause serious risks to network quality, performance, safety, and reliability.

Cisco Security labels

Dates on security labels from new products purchased from Cisco authorized channels should correlate to the transaction date.

Carton security label

Carton security labels, often found overlapping the edge of the carton's white label.

PCBA security label

Holographic and other security features are found on most line cards and modules' printed circuit board assemblies.

Module security label

Holographic security indicators are on most optical transceivers and highspeed cable assemblies.

Carton security label

Mid 2020 to present

  1. Look for a genuine hologram. Click on the video to see authentic features when tilted:
    • Stylized Cisco bridge logo visible between moon and arrow will shift color
    • Background color changes between moon and star images
    • Hour markers on the clock face vary in colors
  2. Color shifting area varies from purple to green by changing the viewing angles
  3. Reflective circular foil area reveals a bridge image when tilted

Mid 2018 to mid 2020

  1. This version label differs from the prior version in part by:
    • A blue Cisco logo
    • Four random symbols to the left of the logo
  2. Tilt the genuine label to see the embossed "CISCO" appearing in the orange area
  3. Look for micro text "CISCO" present in the border of the wave sign

Mid 2016 to mid 2018

  1. This version label has a blue and red Cisco logo
  2. Tilt the genuine label to see the embossed “CISCO” appearing in the orange area
  3. Look for micro text “CISCO” present in the border of the wave sign

Mid 2008 to mid 2016

  1. This label version uses a black “Cisco” logo in the center of the label
  2. Authentic label has a raised intaglio surface across the top of the same class used in currency
  3. Genuine label has a Cisco logo and ISO 9001 mark made with silver foil with a reflective feature seen when tilted

Mid 2006 to mid 2008

  1. This label version has the trademark logo “Cisco Systems” in the center
  2. Authentic label has a raised intaglio surface across the top of the same class used in currency
  3. Genuine label has a Cisco logo and ISO 9001 mark made with silver foil with a reflective feature seen when tilted

PCBA security label

Mid 2018 to present

  1. To see genuine holographic features, click on the video
  2. Rotating an authentic label reveals a checkmark and padlock symbols
  3. Best viewing of the side dots with its corresponding numeric numbers is achieved with a single light source by tilting the label left to right and up and down

2009 to mid 2018

  1. To see genuine holographic features, click on the video
  2. Best viewing of the side dots is achieved with a single light source by tilting the label left to right and up and down

2006 to 2009

  1. To see genuine holographic features, click on the video
  2. Best viewing of the side dots is achieved with a single light source by tilting the label left to right and up and down
  3. A bright pointed star is on the authentic holographic cube

Module security label

Mid 2017 to present

Tilt the genuine holographic label to see a padlock, text “BP” and check mark at three different depth levels.

Mid 2010 to mid 2017

  • To see genuine color shift feature, click on the video
  • Tilt an authentic label to see color shifting bar changing between gold and green

Report counterfeit products

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