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WPA3: The New Security Standard and What to Expect


As a technology service provider, one of the questions we get asked all the time is “How can I make my wireless network more secure?” Well, the recent completion of a new wireless security standard should go a long way toward helping protect corporate and home wireless networks. There are some limitations when it comes to interoperability between hardware appliances that run the new WPA3 standard and legacy wireless products, but as savvy network administrators and security solution providers move their clients to the newer standard, overall wireless security should improve greatly. This “new” standard is just now emerging, but here are some details to spark your interest.

The Wi-Fi Alliance officially launched the WPA3, the new Wi-Fi security standard that will address all known security issues affecting the existing wireless. The new security standard will replace the WPA2 that is currently used by billions of devices every day.

WPA3 implements important improvements for Wi-Fi enabled devices and aims at enhancing configuration, authentication, and security issues.

“WPA3 takes the lead in providing the industry’s strongest protections in the ever-changing security landscape,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance. “WPA3 continues the evolution of Wi-Fi security and maintains the brand promise of Wi-Fi Protected Access.”

WPA3 will operate in one of two modes – Personal mode and Enterprise mode. The Personal mode implements enhanced protection against password guessing attempts. It offers a higher level of security even when users choose weak passwords. The Enterprise mode implements 192-bit encryption for networks that require extra security. Both the Personal and Enterprise modes don’t allow the use of older information transfer technology, and the new technology will also help to avoid wireless eavesdropping.

Here are some of the improvements we can expect to experience with the new standard:

  • WPA3 provides enhanced protection against offline brute-force dictionary attacks, even when users don’t choose complex passwords.
  • WPA3 will protect communications even if the attackers have compromised the password.
  • WPA3 improves user privacy in open networks through individualized data encryption.
  • Critical networks, such as the ones used in financial and government environments, are protected with 192-bit encryption.
  • The WiFi Alliance also announcedthe Wi-Fi Easy Connect (previously WPS), a new feature that makes it easier for users to connect IoT devices to wireless networks.

For assistance with wireless at your business, reach out to the IT consultants at PCS today.

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