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Wi-Fi Alliance WPA3 Launch Improves Healthcare Network Security

12 January 2018

Now in an open Wi-Fi network the connections between devices are not protected in any way, and thus listening and manipulating traffic is very easy.

Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit organization that decides Wi-Fi standards, has announced the release of WPA3 with several security improvements over WPA2 after the KRACK exploit previous year affected nearly every Wi-Fi supported device.

"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. The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified more than 35,000 Wi-Fi products since the turn of the millennium. The new standards will offer robust protections even when users choose to protect their documents with "1234", as well as simplify the process of setting up security for devices with limited or no display interface for smart home devices.

With Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3, the Alliance hopes that security in an Internet increasingly seen as leaky will again be at the forefront.

WPA2 has been in use since 2004 and has been found to be less than optimal for the safety needs of modern Wi-Fi users.

The alliance is also making upgrades to its current WPA2 standard, pushing testing enhancements that will reduce the potential of network misconfigurations. This protects against the so-called brute force attacks. IT decision-makers should consider the imminent introduction of WPA3 as an important development in an evolving security landscape.

In conjunction with this week's commencement of CES - letters that once stood for Consumer Electronics Show and now come meaning-free - the Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday heralded the arrival of WPA3 as the successor to WPA2, the flawed but widely used network security protocol for Wi-Fi communication.

Use 192-bit security, aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm, to protect critical networks.

The US Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security also recently recognized the need to evolve network security for defending against attacks against connected medical and IoT devices.