Wi-Fi Alliance Announces WPA3 Technology
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced it is to introduce WPA3 Wi-Fi technology in 2018. The announcement follows the news of WPA2’s security flaw, Krack, which broke in 2017. WPA2 is not going away, however – the Wi-Fi Alliance’s press release takes the time to remind customers what Wi-Fi systems can last for decades. Instead, the Wi-Fi Alliance is going to, “continue enhancing WPA2 to ensure it delivers strong security protections to Wi-Fi users.” It will also introduce new testing systems, which it says will “reduce the potential for vulnerabilities due to network misconfiguration.”
WPA3 has four new capabilities for both personal and business users. The Wi-Fi Alliance explains two of these new features: one is designed for better password protections where the user has selected a less than sophisticated password, and the second is to provide “individualized data encryption” when operating an open network. The Wi-Fi Alliance is also introducing a 192-bit security suite for high security Wi-Fi networks such as those operated by government, defence and industrial customers.
Devices will require certification before they can use the WPA3 standard, which means current Wi-Fi infrastructure may not be updated to the new standard via a firmware upgrade. Manufacturers may decide to enable the new technology, but the first WPA3-standard devices are expected to arrive later this year.
SOURCE [Android Police]