WPA3 The Newest Wi-Fi Security Standard

Protect Yourself With WPA3
The Newest Wi-Fi Security Standard

WPA3 is the newest standard for Wi-Fi security. It will replace the14-year-old WPA2 standard--- adopted three years before the first smartphone!

WPA2 simply has not kept up with our always connected, always on world.

 

BENEFITS OF WPA3

 

  1. Privacy Protection on “Open” Wi-Fi Networks

With WPA2, anyone can read data you send over an unencrypted network.

Recently, I was having lunch at a restaurant watching  Croatia & England play the  World Cup semi-final. Two guys came in. Before sitting down, they asked the waitress, ‘What’s the Wi-Fi password here?’ She replied, ‘there is no password’. They were happy to hear that. They then signed onto a live stream of the game.

 

Even in 2018, a huge number of sites are still not secure. For instance, http://www.espn.com is not secure! ESPN has an unsecured login page where you enter your username and password! Anyone (including me) could sniff the login traffic and see usernames and passwords in plain text along with  other juicy information.

 

WPA3 puts an end to this. WPA3 sets up “individualized data encryption”. It creates end-to-end encryption between the Wi-Fi device and you. The encryption protects you from snooping -- even if you are on an open network that doesn’t require a password.



  1. Protection from brute-force attacks

Another security weakness of WPA2 is that it transmits the Wi-Fi password in the open—even if encrypted.
 
A malicious hacker can capture devices, as they check in to the Wi-Fi unit and use a brute force attack to capture the password.

WPA3 puts an end to offline brute-force hacking. It requires live interaction with the WPA3 Wi-Fi device.  In addition, with this live interaction, the system can be designed to stop brute-force attacks. 

 

  1. Maintains Secrecy.

    The data you send over WPA2 is encrypted by a password. However, once that password is known, the data can be de-encrypted. If a malicious hacker was able to grab weeks or months of your data, even if encrypted, that data can easily be de-encrypted once the password is broken or hacked.

    Once the password is known, the hacker could try this password on other sites for the User.

ACTION ITEMS FOR MANAGEMENT AND IT ADVISORS

 

  1. Be aware of the new WPA3 Standard.
  2. WIFI devices coming in 2019 that will include this standard.
  3. Make sure than any new WiFi devices you plan to purchase next year include the WPA3 standard.
  4. Patches and updates to devices (Windows 10, Apple IOS, Android) are also coming in  2019.
  5. For the highest security, in your IT budgeting for 2019 and beyond, plan to upgrade existing using the WPA2 standard to new devices with WPA3.

SUMMARY

MBSG cyber security experts and the cyber security community applaud the additional protections that  WPA3 provides.

While WPA3 devices will take time for device manufacturers to fully deploy, WPA3 is a major advance in security over the 14-year old WPA2 standard. 

 

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