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Wi-Fi Alliance WPA3 Launch Improves Healthcare Network Security

12 January 2018

WPA3 improvements also include protection for users who choose weak passwords and individualized data encryption on open networks, as it should strengthen privacy and provide nearly as much security as a home network. Wi-Fi Alliance ensured that WPA3 will have "backward compatibility", so companies do not have worry about a complete overhaul of older devices.

The protocol, known as WPA3, will deliver a suite of features to simplify Wi-Fi security configuration for users and service providers, according the Wi-Fi alliance.

Another advantage of WPA3 is that it includes "robust protection" and streamlines security configurations for devices which either have very small displays or no displays at all.

While WPA2 has been widely successful, is still being developed, and will continue to be deployed in future devices, WPA3 is going to bring new protections and features.

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"Security is a foundation of Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs, and we are excited to introduce new features to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED family of security solutions", Wi-Fi Alliance President and CEO Edgar Figueroa said in a statement. Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) has actually been around for quite some time, but now might finally be coming into play on upcoming routers.

The Wi-Fi Alliance - an industry group that counts Apple, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm among its many members - said it intends to keep hammering away at WPA2, even as it rolls out the protocol's successor.

He added: "The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED designation means Wi-Fi devices [will] meet the highest standards for interoperability and security protections". The standard will do this by blocking attacks targeted at weak passwords by disabling the authentication process after failed attempted logins. IT decision-makers should consider the imminent introduction of WPA3 as an important development in an evolving security landscape. And the other is a stronger 192-bit security suite, which the Wi-Fi Alliance says is aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite from the Committee on National Security Systems. Once the password is compromised, the cyberattacker can then spoof the traffic of anyone on the network. This is a key concern as IT infrastructure technology becomes more advanced.