The Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3 to enhance Wi-Fi protections in personal and enterprise networks. This aims to consolidate on the success and acceptance of WPA2, and adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security, enable more robust authentication, and deliver increased cryptographic strength for highly sensitive data markets.
WPA3 security has two distinct modes of operation: WPA3-Personal and WPA3-Enterprise.
“WPA3 takes the lead in providing the industry’s strongest protections in the ever-changing security landscape,” said Edgar Figueroa, President and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. “WPA3 continues the evolution of Wi-Fi security and maintains the brand promise of Wi-Fi Protected Access.”
“The evolution of Wi-Fi to stay ahead of market needs has been critical to it remaining one of wireless technology’s greatest success stories,” said Phil Solis, Research Director for IDC. “Wi-Fi Alliance has been instrumental in Wi-Fi’s evolution, and diligent about delivering Wi-Fi CERTIFIED programs so users and a variety of markets can rely on the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity and security to meet their needs.”
Wi-Fi Alliance also introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Easy Connect, a new program that reduces the complexity of onboarding Wi-Fi devices with limited or no display interface – such as devices coming to market for Internet of Things (IoT) – while still maintaining high security standards.
As the Wi-Fi industry transitions to WPA3 security, WPA2 devices will continue to interoperate and provide recognized security, according to the organization.