Out with the old: Wi-Fi Alliance reveals WPA3 for 2018 release

Pat Wise
January 12, 2018

WPA3 improvements also include protection for users who choose weak passwords and individualized data encryption on open networks, as it should strengthen privacy and provide nearly as much security as a home network.

Chances are that you connect to Wi-Fi every day, but you might not realize that "Wi-Fi" is in fact a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit that promotes the use of wireless technology and sets voluntary safety standards for all wireless devices.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that it will launch Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) later this year. They will include features like improved protection when users choose weak passwords and improved security setup on devices with limited or no interface screens.

KitGuru Says: This is certainly a welcome change as there are many security flaws that have been identified with the long-serving WPA2.

"Wi-Fi security technologies may live for decades, so it's important they are continually updated to ensure they meet the needs of the Wi-Fi industry", said Joe Hoffman, SAR Insight & Consulting, in a release. "Wi-Fi is evolving to maintain its high-level of security as industry demands increase".

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"New testing enhancements will...reduce the potential for vulnerabilities due to network misconfiguration, and further safeguard managed networks with centralized authentication services", the organization said. This protects against the so-called brute force attacks.

WPA3 will also protect networks with higher security requirements - like government, military and industrial - through a 192-bit security suite, "aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Suite from the Committee on National Security Systems".

In conjunction with this week's commencement of CES - letters that once stood for Consumer Electronics Show and now come meaning-free - the Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday heralded the arrival of WPA3 as the successor to WPA2, the flawed but widely used network security protocol for Wi-Fi communication. WPA2 while still useful, has several problems that WPA3 hopes to remedy, according to Github.

The US Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security also recently recognized the need to evolve network security for defending against attacks against connected medical and IoT devices.

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