Next generation Wi-Fi security for personal and enterprise networks

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3, the next generation of Wi-Fi security for personal and enterprise networks.

WPA3 aims to simplify Wi-Fi security, enable more robust authentication, and deliver 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 recognised security.

According to the Alliance, WPA3 networks use the latest security methods, disallow outdated legacy protocols, and require use of Protected Management Frames to maintain resiliency of mission critical networks.

WPA3 leverages Simultaneous Authentication of Equals, a secure key establishment protocol between devices, to provide stronger protections for users against password guessing attempts by third parties. While the 192-bit security suite is said to ensure a combination of cryptographic tools are deployed across WPA3 networks.

As market adoption of WPA3 grows, the new generation of Wi-Fi security will become required for all Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices. WPA3 maintains interoperability with WPA2 devices through a transitional mode of operation.

The Alliance has also introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Easy Connect, a program designed to lower the complexity of onboarding Wi-Fi devices with limited or no display interface – such as devices coming to market for Internet of Things – while still maintaining high security standards. Wi-Fi Easy Connect is also designed to enable users to securely add any device to a Wi-Fi network using another device with a more robust interface, such as a smartphone, by just scanning a QR code.