Wi-Fi Alliance Enhances Wi-Fi Security
Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Comments

The Wi-Fi Alliance introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3, the next generation of Wi-Fi security, bringing new capabilities to enhance Wi-Fi protections in personal and enterprise networks.

Building on WPA2, the new protocol adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security, enables more robust authentication and delivers increased cryptographic strength for highly sensitive data markets. As the Wi-Fi industry transitions to WPA3 security, WPA2 devices will continue to interoperate and provide recognized security.

WPA3 security continues to support the market through two distinct modes of operation: WPA3-personal and WPA3-enterprise. All WPA3 networks use the latest security methods, disallow outdated legacy protocols, and require use of protected management frames (PMF) to maintain resiliency of mission-critical networks.

WPA3-personal offers more resilient, password-based authentication even when users choose passwords that fall short of typical complexity recommendations. WPA3 leverages simultaneous authentication of equals (SAE), a secure key establishment protocol between devices, to provide stronger protections for users against password guessing attempts by third parties.

WPA3-enterprise offers the equivalent of 192-bit cryptographic strength, providing additional protections for networks transmitting sensitive data, such as government or finance. The 192-bit security suite ensures a consistent combination of cryptographic tools is deployed across WPA3 networks.

The alliance also introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Easy Connect, a new program that reduces the complexity of onboarding Wi-Fi devices with limited or no display interface, such as devices coming to market for internet of things (IoT), while still maintaining high security standards. The program enables users to securely add any device to a Wi-Fi network using another device with a more robust interface, such as a smartphone, by simply scanning a product quick response (QR) code.

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