Last year’s widespread KRACK attack made everyone and everything that uses Wi-Fi vulnerable. So, it comes as no surprise that a new wireless security protocol will be making its way into use.

The current Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) has been in place for nearly 14 years. While the announcement about WPA3 wasn’t necessarily the sexiest revelation at the recent annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, to those of us in cyber security, it’s pretty relevant news.

All the sexy new gadgets coming out will primarily be running on Wi-Fi, so that gives cyber criminals more ways to work their way into the lives of individuals as well as corporations. Keeping the criminals out is pretty sexy when you value your privacy and the privacy of important data.

Here’s what we have to look forward to with WPA3, according to Naked Security, “The main message is that under WPA3, security will be baked deeper into wireless configuration, making it harder to misconfigure or to avoid.” https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/01/10/wi-fi-security-overhaul-coming-with-wpa3/

They also report that four enhancements were mentioned: Brute-force resistance, IoT support, stronger encryption and safer public Wi-Fi.”

In the future, WPA3 will block authentication after several unsuccessful attempts, which, in theory, should help limit exposure caused by weak passwords. With the continual growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), Wi-Fi devices will allegedly be easier to configure using smart phones. In addition, government and business networks will gain access to “a 192-bit security suite, aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Suite from the Committee on National Security Systems.”

In addition, nakedsecurity says, “The announcement mentions ‘strengthening user privacy in open networks through individualized data encryption,’ although it’s not absolutely clear what this refers to.” https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/01/10/wi-fi-security-overhaul-coming-with-wpa3/

 

All I have to say about the launch of WPA3 is, the sooner the better.

 

 

 

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