Wi-Fi Alliance Ramps up Wi-Fi Security ahead of 802.11ax Rollout

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By Andrew Zignani | 3Q 2018 | IN-5182


Wi-Fi Alliance Introduces WPA3 Security Enhancements


On June 25, 2018, the Wi-Fi Alliance introduced its next generation of Wi-Fi security, known as WPA3. First announced in January at CES, the new security protocol targets both home and enterprise networking environments, and it seeks to deliver enhanced encryption and authentication features. At the same time, the Wi-Fi Alliance also introduced Easy Connect, which is a program that enables Wi-Fi devices with limited or no displays to be securely added to a Wi-Fi network using QR codes and an intermediary device, such as a smartphone. This move seeks to simplify and streamline Wi-Fi security and provisioning for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Building on WPA2 and Addressing Limitations


WPA2 is now more than a decade old and, in 2017, security researchers discovered a huge vulnerability in the form of Key Reinstallation AttaCKs (KRACK).Attackers making use of the vulnerabilities were able to trick victims into reinstalling keys that were already in use, thus manipulating an…

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