Wi-Fi Alliance WPA3 Launch Improves Healthcare Network Security

Mindy Sparks
January 12, 2018

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.

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

"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", said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance in a press release.

In the intervening period, the Wi-Fi Alliance will enhance WPA2 to ensure that it provides strong security protection. The standard prevents hackers from intercepting data through the wireless connection.

Simplify security configuration for technology that does not include a display, such as IoT devices.

OWE implements a Diffie-Hellman key exchange during network sign-on and uses the resulting secret for the 4-way 802.11 handshake rather than the shared, public Pre-Shared Key (PSK) that can be easily exploited. The new WPA2 testing upgrades will reduce vulnerabilities caused by network misconfiguration and use centralized authentication services to safeguard managed networks.

The WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 3) protocol will protect against brute-force dictionary attacks by blocking the Wi-Fi authentication process after several failed login attempts.

WPA3 will also protect users whose passwords are considered weak and don't abide by complexity regulations. IT decision-makers should consider the imminent introduction of WPA3 as an important development in an evolving security landscape. The protocol is expected to emerge later this year.

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". This is a key concern as IT infrastructure technology becomes more advanced.

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