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SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco will host a webcast with Loop Capital and Bill Gartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group, to discuss Cisco's optical strategy, portfolio evolution and market dynamics. Interested parties can find more information on Cisco's Investor Relations website at https://investor.cisco.com/.
No new financial information will be discussed on this conference call.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET
Bill Gartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Systems and Optics Group
Fahad Najam, Managing Director, Loop Capital
This event will be webcast and a replay will be available one month after the event. Interested parties can view this event on Cisco's Investor Relations website at investor.cisco.com.
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In the latest trading session, Cisco Systems (CSCO) closed at $45.02, marking a +0.02% move from the previous day. This change outpaced the S&P 500's 0.12% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.09%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.4%.
Coming into today, shares of the seller of routers, switches, software and services had gained 3.73% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector gained 10.34%, while the S&P 500 gained 8.25%.
Cisco Systems will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be August 17, 2022. On that day, Cisco Systems is projected to report earnings of $0.82 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 2.38%. Our most exact consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $12.75 billion, down 2.85% from the year-ago period.
It is also important to note the exact changes to analyst estimates for Cisco Systems. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.89% lower. Cisco Systems is currently a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Looking at its valuation, Cisco Systems is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 12.75. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 16.31, which means Cisco Systems is trading at a discount to the group.
Also, we should mention that CSCO has a PEG ratio of 1.96. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. CSCO's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.96 as of yesterday's close.
The Computer - Networking industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 102, which puts it in the top 41% of all 250+ industries.
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Just when you thought the football scarf had reached its final stage of evolution with the high resolution, 22-colour imagery made possible by the introduction of the 12-gauge automatic knitting machine, Manchester City have gone and pushed the humble matchday accessory right into the digital age.
Indeed, City are working on the development of the world's first "smart scarf" that will, among other state-of-the-art functions, be able to track the wearer's physiological reactions during games. The project is a collaboration between the reigning Premier League champions and Cisco, the enormous global technology conglomerate based in California. Cisco also just so happen to be the current official tech partners of the City Football Group.
"The idea for this project came from looking at the level of performance data that takes place for elite players. So we thought, why wouldn't we do the equivalent for the fans who fuel the sport?" says Chintan Patel, Chief Technology Officer at Cisco for UK and Ireland.
To the untrained eye, the "Connected Scarf" appears to be a regular football scarf. However, the striped woven garment comes embedded with a biosensor that monitors fans' vitals during any given passage of play.
Those data points will tell us how fans are feeling at different moments, from anger and relief, to joy and disappointment. "Someone scoring a goal might be the highlight for one fan, but for another person it might be the save the goalkeeper makes or the clash that two players have. So there's a lot that can potentially come out of this," says Patel on the nuances within a macro-level approach to this data.
"The scarf helps us study the passion that fans have, and ultimately, what can the fans get from it in terms of their own behavior? We're really desparate to look at what those impactful moments will be and demonstrate to fans their connection with the club."
Every inch-perfect Kevin De Bruyne through-ball, and every ruthless Erling Haaland finish -- all of it will be logged in biometric form and reduced to numeric spikes and industry-leading sweat telemetry.
According to Reuters, the smart scarf is still at the pilot stage of its development and is unlikely to be commercially available to Man City fans until next season (2023-24) at the earliest. Before then, the team intend to distribute a small number among select fans of Man City and MLS franchise New York City FC, who are also part of the City Football Group, in order to undergo a series of live test events.
The idea of the scarf, at least as far as the accompanying press release is concerned, is to form an even closer unity between a football club and their fans -- presumably by collecting and collating their biometric data.
Quite what the club intend to do with all the bio-info after the game is unknown, though the data will be anonymised without looking at specific individuals, according to Cisco.
As to whether or not the smart scarf itself would be able to stand up to a full wash cycle at 30 degrees after being steadily infused with the wearer's neck sweat for several home matches in a row, the scarf can be washed but the micro board and the inside weights (which ensure the sensor conducts the skin effectively) would be removed and reapplied once the scarf is cleaned and dried.
Two simple but entirely legitimate queries in their own right -- both of which we might suspect will need further answers when the scarf is released to the general public.
"Over the next couple of years we'll see tens of billions of more things connected to the internet, and our question is, why not the scarf?" says Patel.
Why it matters: It's no secret that China is the world's primary source of counterfeit hardware. For almost a decade, one man has sold vast quantities of fake Cisco systems to unsuspecting customers looking for a good deal on otherwise expensive networking equipment. This type of fraud can have serious economic ramifications when used to power critical infrastructure.
This week, a federal grand jury indicted a Florida man for allegedly selling more than $1 billion of counterfeit Cisco networking equipment to several individuals, hospitals, schools, government agencies, and even the military.
According to the Justice Department, 38-year-old Our "Ron" Aksoy was selling fake equipment from suppliers in China and Hong Kong. More specifically, he imported tens of thousands of devices through no less than 19 entities registered in New Jersey and Florida, collectively dubbed the "Pro Network."
Aksoy sold the products via multiple storefronts on e-commerce platforms like Amazon, eBay, and others. His operation supposedly raked in over $100 million in revenue, of which several million had been pocketed by the "Pro Network" CEO and used for personal gain.
The devices in question were older, lower-end Cisco systems that had been previously resold or discarded. Chinese counterfeiters modified them by adding pirated Cisco software and "unauthorized, low-quality, or unreliable components," essentially dressing them up to look like higher-end hardware. The suppliers also shipped the devices in genuine-looking packaging, with all the Cisco labels, stickers, and documentation.
Aksoy's customers mainly wanted a better deal on machines typically costing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. As you'd expect, the equipment often failed, didn't work correctly, and performed well below expectations. Over time, that raised the cost of ownership well beyond the initial acquisition cost.
Cisco sent several cease-and-desist letters to Aksoy, but he had his lawyer provide forged invoices in a few instances. Between 2014 and 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized around 180 shipments of counterfeit Cisco systems headed to the "Pro Network." However, Aksoy allegedly regained some of these seizures by submitting fake paperwork under an alias. He eventually worked with his suppliers to break the shipments into smaller parcels, hoping to avoid further scrutiny.
On June 29, the Department of Homeland Security filed a criminal complaint in New Jersey, leading to Aksoy's arrest in Miami the same day. If you suspect you or your organization may have been one of his customers, you can check here for a list of the various companies and storefronts that were used to sell counterfeit Cisco systems.
Companies like Amazon have been trying to curb the sale of fake products on their platforms for years, albeit with limited success. Customs officers seized counterfeit consumer tech products in 2021 in record numbers, especially smaller items like wearables.
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At South Deep, we value each person’s contribution and support your ongoing development, helping you to achieve your career aspirations.
POSITION: Network Technician
JOB GRADING: C-Upper
DEPARTMENT: Technical Business Intelligence
SITE: South Deep Gold Mine
The Network Technician carries out specialised technical functions in the construction, installation, maintenance, repair, overhaul and configuration of underground and surface operational technology networks across the mine. Aligned to South Deep’s Mine of the Future strategy, the Network Technician, through the deployment of innovative operational technology, will enable the optimisation of mining processes within the prescribed mining guidelines, policies and procedures. The deployment of this technology will prove valuable in setting South Deep apart from its competitors, making it a true Mine of the Future, today.
* Be in possession of a Grade 12 / N3 qualification or equivalent.
* Tertiary qualified with a National Diploma in PC Engineering.
* Be in possession of both COMPTIA A+ and COMPTA N+ certificates.
* Have at least 5 years’ experience in either Information Technology; Industrial Networking and CISCO
* Be declared medically fit for the position and environment, as determined by a risk-based medical examination at the Gold Fields Occupational Health Centre and pass a Heat Tolerance Screening test, and such other tests as may be required to assess the applicant’s suitability for employment.
* Must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be fully vaccinated by the date of the commencement of employment.
* Proven safety leadership / stewardship
* Sound interpersonal, collaborative and communication skills
* Proven diagnostic, problem-solving and decision-making skills
* Able to work safely in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines
* Proven track record in the construction, installation, maintenance, repair, overhaul and configuration of operational technology, including relevant software and applications
* Working knowledge of ethernet and industrial networks, sound knowledge of Microsoft Operating Systems and Linux based Operating systems.
* Working knowledge of hand and electrical tools
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Adhere to all Health & Safety policies, procedures and standards
* Maintain Operational technology by conducting fault finding assessments and inspections on devices to promote preventative maintenance on the operational technology systems and infrastructure
* Evaluate the applicability and relevance of firmware and software and perform updates where functional enhancement is required.
* Continuously engage research into relevant systems and technologies to design and recommend optimisation proposals that enables seamless interfaces and integration between operational systems and associated architecture
* Conduct fault finding on OT components and where necessary repair in line with the set standards and procedures
* Identify, evaluate and test for new technologies that can be deployed at the mine to optimise processes
* Conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation of implemented OT solutions to ensure safety and operational effectiveness across the mine
* Draft and compile reports on availability of systems and projects assigned for review by key stakeholders.
* Transfer skills to junior technicians through coaching and mentoring
Closing Date: 21 July 2022
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A Miami-based CEO has been arrested for allegedly importing $1 billion worth of counterfeit Cisco equipment from China and then selling it on Amazon and eBay.
The Justice Department announced(Opens in a new window) today that it had indicted 38-year-old Onur “Ron” Aksoy for selling the counterfeit Cisco gear via numerous online storefronts.
Allegedly, Aksoy imported tens of thousands of fraudulent Cisco devices from China and Hong Kong. He then created at least 19 companies in New Jersey and Florida, dubbed the “Pro Network,” to help him resell the hardware as genuine through the e-commerce sites.
One of the sites Aksoy seems to be using to sell the Cisco gear.
“The operation allegedly generated over $100 million in revenue, and Aksoy received millions of dollars for his personal gain,” the Justice Department said.
The Cisco equipment Aksoy allegedly sold was usually older, lower-end models that were previously bought or discarded. Counterfeiters in China then modified the equipment, making the devices appear as if they were newer or more expensive Cisco product models.
“As alleged, the Chinese counterfeiters often added pirated Cisco software and unauthorized, low-quality, or unreliable components—including components to circumvent technological measures added by Cisco to the software to check for software license compliance and to authenticate the hardware,” the Justice Department said. In addition, the counterfeit products were packaged with authentic-looking labels, boxes, and documentation.
However, customers who bought the equipment would later realize the products were defective. “Often, they would simply fail or otherwise malfunction, causing significant damage to their users’ networks and operations—in some cases, costing users tens of thousands of dollars,” the Justice Department said. “Customers of Aksoy’s fraudulent and counterfeit devices included hospitals, schools, government agencies, and the military.”
According to the US’s criminal complaint(Opens in a new window), Aksoy dates back to at least 2013. He was able to buy the counterfeit equipment at “95 to 98%” lower than the prices of genuine Cisco products.
The counterfeiting generated numerous complaints from buyers on Amazon and eBay. In response, Amazon and eBay suspended(Opens in a new window) or terminated the storefronts on their sites. But Aksoy repeatedly returned to the e-commerce platforms, creating new storefronts under different names between 2014 and 2020.
Cisco was also aware the counterfeit scheme was going on. From 2014 to 2019, the company sent seven cease-and-desist letters to Aksoy, demanding he end the counterfeiting scam.
At the same time, US Customs and Border Protection seized about 180 shipments the Chinese counterfeiters tried to send to Aksoy over the past nine years. In July 2021, US agents also executed a search warrant and raided an Aksoy-operated warehouse, seizing 1,156 counterfeit Cisco devices with a retail value of over $7 million.
To evade investigation, Aksoy would sometimes use the alias Dave Durden. But last week, federal investigators arrested Aksoy in Miami on several fraud-related counts. As evidence, the criminal complaint against him cites numerous emails and messages Aksoy and his associates sent to counterfeit suppliers in China.
The Justice Department cataloged(Opens in a new window) the various storefronts Aksoy used on Amazon, eBay, and on his own websites to sell the goods. But at the moment, it remains unclear if victims will receive any restitution. Aksoy's company Pro Network did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement, Cisco said: "We are committed to maintaining the integrity and quality of Cisco products and services. Cisco is grateful to law enforcement and customs officials for their tremendous collaboration in this investigation and to the DOJ for bringing the perpetrator to justice."
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