We are all connected with it and used it in on daily basis using computers, smart phones, iPads, game consoles, even our home appliances and other devices to communicate over high-frequency radio signal or wireless signal, however we have less information on how it originally go about, how secure it is and who revolutionized the technology. Similarly with any emerging technology and certifies Wi-Fi products for conformity to certain standards of interoperability problems since the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) initially had no provision for testing equipment for compliance with its standards, incidentally The Wi-Fi Alliance owns and controls the “Wi-Fi Certified” logo, a registered trademark, which is permitted only on equipment which has passed testing; on the other hand the lack of Wi-Fi logo does not necessarily imply a device is incompatible with Wi-Fi devices. People are drawn to Wi-Fi because of ease of installation and use, and yet mobility is perhaps the main factor why Wi-Fi gains its popularity. With the evolution of Wireless LAN and effortlessly hooking you over the internet, came the question of security.
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA2™
Since 2003, Wi-Fi Alliance has endowed people and organizations to expand the security of data moving across Wi-Fi network through the Wi-Fi Protected Access® family of technologies. Security features of Wi-Fi Protected Access always evolve to integrate stronger protection and new security practices as the security landscape changed. For years now, the best personal Wi-Fi protection you could enable was known as WPA2 — or the second generation of Wi-Fi Protected Access. It’s a standard network security feature that enables AES encryption through a password. Over its existence WPA2 found to have security flaws and inadequacy so as to replace it with the next generation of the wireless security protocol—Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3).
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3™
Now the Wi-Fi Alliance new security protocol called WPA3, an updated standard that provides more security — and a very timely upgrade in a world that’s increasingly threatened by data hacks and wireless data theft.
WPA3 key highlights
- WPA3 protocol strengthens user privacy in open networks through individualized data encryption.(Open Wi-Fi Networks)
- WPA3 protocol will also protect against brute-force dictionary attacks, preventing hackers from making multiple login attempts by using commonly used passwords. (WPA3-Personal)
- WPA3 protocol also offers simplified security for devices that often have no display for configuring security settings, i.e. IoT devices.
- Finally, there will be a 192-bit security suite for protecting Wi-Fi users’ networks with higher security requirements, such as government, defense and industrial organizations.(mandated only for WPA3-Enterprise)
How should we adapt
It is important to continually be updated to ensure we meet the needs of the Wi-Fi industry, this technology is quickly evolving and to keep with the phase we should maintain high-level of security as industry demands increases.