The Wi-Fi Alliance is introducing enhancements and new features for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which is used to secure wireless networks.
WPA was launched in 2003 and the more secure WPA2 became available in 2004. Since then, not much has changed regarding the security standard.
The Wi-Fi Alliance is now launching configuration, authentication, and encryption enhancements for WPA.
Building on the adoption of WPA2, the Wi-Fi Alliance will deliver a suite of features to simplify Wi-Fi security while enhancing Wi-Fi network security protections.
Four new capabilities for Wi-Fi networks will emerge in 2018 as part of Wi-Fi Certified WPA3.
Two of the features will deliver robust protections, even when users choose passwords that fall short of complexity recommendations.
This will simplify the process of configuring security for devices which have display interface limitations.
Another feature will strengthen user privacy in open networks through individualised data encryption.
Finally, a 192-bit security suite will protect Wi-Fi networks with high security requirements.