Wi-Fi Alliance Introduces Next Generation WPA3 Wi-Fi Security

Wi-Fi Alliance Introduces Next Generation WPA3 Wi-Fi Security

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying devices that work with its next generation WPA3 Wi-Fi security protocol.

Building on the widespread adoption of WPA2 over more than a decade, WPA3 adds new features 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 recognized security.

WPA3 security has two 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 All WPA3 networks use the latest security methods, disallow outdated legacy protocols, and require use of Protected Management Frames (PMF) to maintain resiliency of mission critical networks.

Key capabilities of WPA3 include:
● WPA3-Personal: 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 are deployed across WPA3 networks.

Users of WPA3-Personal receive increased protections from password guessing attempts, while WPA3-Enterprise users can now take advantage of higher grade security protocols for sensitive data networks. WPA3, which retains interoperability with WPA2 devices, is currently an optional certification for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices. It will become required over time as market adoption grows.

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