The Wi-Fi Alliance recently introduced the WPA3, which is the next big significant security improvement in about 14 years. These significant security additions to the current security protocol will provide greater protection for passwords, individualised encryption for open and personal networks. They will also provide more secure encryption for business networks.
The original WPA Wi-Fi standard was established back in the year 2003 to replace the WEP. The WEP was the second edition that came the year after. The current and third edition of WPA is a welcomed and long-awaited update that will benefit not only the Wi-Fi industry but also businesses and millions of customers across the world. Here is everything you need to know about WAP3.
Simultaneous Authentication of Equals
The security upgrade includes simultaneous authentication of equals (SAE) and more secure key establishment network protocol between various devices. The protocol will provide stronger protection against any password guessing attempts. WPA3-Personal equates to more resilient password-based encryption and authentication even when clients choose passwords that can fall short of the typical complexity recommendations.
The WAP3-Enterprise will provide the equivalent of 192-bit password cryptographic strength, which will offer additional protection for networks that are transmitting sensitive information. It achieves this by providing bigger session key sizes that are difficult to crack. Also, it has protected management frames that are designed to minimise de-authentication attacks.
This is a separate protocol that is designed to protect users while they are on open networks. An open network refers to networks that you connect to in airports or coffee shops. These networks come with a lot of problems that you do not have to worry about when you use or connect to work or home network. Most of the attacks that happen over an open network are passive.
With more connections, attackers can easily gain access to a lot of information by only sitting back and sifting through essential data that goes in and out. The WAP3 includes the enhanced Opportunistic Wireless Encryption that protects users on open networks. The OWE does not need any additional authentication protection since it is focused on enhancing the encryption of information that is sent over the public networks.