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Humans are generally the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain and could be easily targeted using social engineering attacks, such as phishing. Phishing can be defined as a fraudulent attempt by hackers to lure a person into divulging their sensitive information such as username, password, credit/debit card details, and much more. One such technology-based crime is vishing.

Phishing shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon and will only continue to evolve in sophistication and effectiveness. It is currently one of the most popular modes of delivery for malware infections, whether to steal sensitive information or gain a foothold into an organization's network. An organization that has fallen victim to a successful phishing attack will often face huge financial losses with the loss of customer's trust and reputational damage.

What Is Vishing?

Vishing (voice phishing) is a type of social engineering attack which uses voice technology. Unlike other phishing attacks, such as email phishing and SMiShing that use emails and text messages respectively, vishing is a call-based attack. It tricks potential victims into revealing their sensitive and financial information such as account numbers, PIN, passwords, and more by impersonating a call from an authorized bank or a legitimate organization.

Under vishing, threat actors use fake caller ID in order to appear legitimate (such as your bank or your office) where they aim to encourage victims to divulge sensitive information, such as credit/debit card details, personal information, username & password, OTP (One Time Passwords), and bank account details or to install malicious software in your PC to monitor your online activities and steal data. As many services use automated callers (also known as robocall or bot caller) to lessen the burden on customer relations, this technology can also, for worse, be used as part of a voice phishing scam.


With continuous developments in technology, hackers have ramped up their game. The use of AI (artificial intelligence) has made some jaw-dropping advances in the attack surface. There have been reports of security incidents that involved the use of AI to impersonate trusted individuals to phish potential victims.

Vishing is also sometimes followed by other phishing attacks. For example, you click on a link for an ad that piques your curiosity. Unfortunately, you find that your system has been infected with ransomware or other malware that makes you believe that your system has been compromised and needs an expert’s help immediately. You see a number which you call in order to remediate the problem. In most cases, the contact is a threat actor and was also responsible for the current condition of your system. Thus, the threat actor will scam your money successfully.

Aware provides phishing simulations that imitate real-life attack scenarios that teach your employees to spot phishing scams and prevent the hefty cost of data breaches.

Why Do You Need to Act Against Vishing?

  • Studies have reported a sharp rise in phishing activities in the year 2019, which are expected to grow between 2020-21.
  • In the year 2018, nearly 30% of calls were reported as spam and vishing.
  • With nearly 71% of cyberattacks being financially motivated, hackers target companies and organizations capable of paying more than any individual.
  • Almost 43% of breaches involve small-scale businesses and industries, which contrasts with the general assumption that only large organizations are susceptible to phishing attacks.
  • Humans are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain and more vulnerable to social engineering attacks, with nearly 33% of reported breaches involved in social engineering methods.
  • Vishing attacks resulted in a loss of around $450 million since 2014.

The statistics show that small-, medium-, and large-scale businesses are equally susceptible to the increasing potential of social engineering attacks.

How to Defend Against Vishing?

To defend vishing attacks, begin with the right simulation exercises and awareness training to enhance your staff's security awareness regarding such security issues. To achieve this, Aware Vishing Simulations are designed to test your employees in the same way a cybercriminal would. Our vishing solutions improve your employees’ understanding of the dangers of vishing.

Prominent Features of Aware

Along with testing and training, Aware also offers additional features based on your requirements, such as the scale of operations, campaign statistics, etc.

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