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WPA3 is coming! Which are the new security features for our Wi-Fi networks?

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Maxime Lamarche
Technical Engineer, EASI

The WiFi Alliance announced the new WiFi protocol WPA3 at the CES 2018 on last Monday. They also announced some improvements regarding the WPA2 standard. What are these changes? How will they improve or impact our daily lives? Let's dig into it!

The WPA2 standard will get improved regarding its configuration, authentication and encryption. Additional controls will be implemented in order to reduce vulnerabilities risks due to network misconfiguration. Furthermore, standard encryption tools will be added.

The WPA3, which will be released current 2018 will get several new features. Two of them will offer robust protections even if users choose weak passwords. It will also be able to counter brute force attacks thanks to a lockout functionality. The user data's confidentiality will be kept thanks to individualized data encryption. This means that every user will be able to use a dedicated and private channel, even in a public Wi-Fi. Finally, a 192-bit security suite with higher security requirements, will protect WiFi's users.

However, because these new features require hardware changes, it will take time to be deployed everywhere. Let's keep it positive,
at least the ball is rolling.


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