Recently, The Wi-Fi Alliance which includes major vendors like Apple, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm as well as vast contributing members made an important announcement. They have decide to roll out a new standard of Wi-Fi access protocol WPA3.
WP3 has significant advantage over the current protocol WPA2. But, WPA3 is not here to replace WPA2, at least no immediately. Wi-Fi Alliance will continue to maintain and enhance WPA2, as WPA2 provides reliable security which is being used in billions of Wi-Fi enabled devices on daily basis.
One of the biggest features that WPA3 will include is “robust protection” when passwords are weak or its fall short of password complexity requirements. Additionally, the upcoming protocol will simplify security configurations for devices with limited or no display interface.
Another major feature is, WPA3 will strengthen user privacy in open networks by implementing individualized data encryption.
Furthermore, to protect Wi-Fi networks with high importance like government, law enforcement etc., WPA3 will introduce a 192 bit security suite.
Lastly, it will enforce interaction with the network when a password is entered, signaling the hotspot or router that someone is trying to guess your password and enabling limits to be placed on the number of guesses.
CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance commented “Security is a foundation of Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs, and we are excited to introduce new features to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED family of security solutions. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED designation means Wi-Fi devices meet the highest standards for interoperability and security protections.”