After more than a decade long waiting period, Wi-Fi Alliance unveils their plan to launch WPA3, a new standard of Wi-Fi security features for users and service providers. This Year the annual consumer tech extravaganza CES 2018 gained extra importance as the organization for the first time comment on the launch of WPA3. Wi-Fi Alliance has confirmed that WPA3 is to be launched by the end of this year which can be translated to a 14 years waiting period for a major update on top of its precedor WPA 2 which was launched in 2004.
The declaration caught more attention because of the recent discovery of the Wi-Fi exploit which affected all modern wi-fi networks using WPA or WPA2 security encryption. The exploit let attackers eavesdrop on traffic between computers and wireless access points. According to Wi-Fi alliance the primary objective of WPA3 has been to provide better protection in case of weak password and simplified security configuration for the devices with little or no display.
The Wi-Fi alliance is made up of 15 sponsors who include technology giants like Apple, Intel, Samsung, Dell, Microsoft, CISCO etc and hundreds of contributors and affiliates which together maintain Wi-Fi protocol.
Though Wi-Fi alliance has refrained from disclosing much detail about the upcoming technology, we have been able to identify 4 key advantages of WPA 3 which will outsmart its precedors –
Better Protection for Weak Passwords
Despite of requests, warning and recommendation for a stronger password the trend of setting up short and dictionary password has not been stopped. WPA 3 is to feature a better protection system against Brute Force dictionary attacks. Speculation is there WPA 3 is to utilize some kind of key exchange program called DragonFly as Wi-Fi alliance has referred to “new handshake”.
Simplified Security Configuration for Devices with Limited or No Display
WPA3 promises to “simplify the process of configuring security for devices that have limited or no display interface.” This addresses the concerns for network enabled smart devices which have limited or no display and input interface. Though Wi-Fi Alliance has not disclosed how WAP3 will address challenges thrown by such devices.
Encryption on Public Network
WAP 3 is to offer better security while you are on public Wi-Fi network in an airport or even a coffee shop. Public Wi-Fi networks lets the users get connected without password authentication. WPA 3 is going to feature encryption without authentication which secure your information from other users in the same network.
192 Bits Encryption
While WPA 2 has been using 64 bits or 128 bits encryption, WPA3 will be featuring 192 bits encryption with Commercial National Security Algorithm. A better encryption is to provide better security against the effort to cheap information.
Though the technologies has been there for quite sometime, after official launch of WP3 protocol Wi-Fi Alliance will start certifying devices for the protocol. So it WPA 3 enabled devices are expected to be available for commercial usage during the first half of next year.