How will the WPA3 impact your business

How Will The WPA3 Affect Your Business?

The WiFi Alliance has recently launched a new WiFi Security Standard, WPA3 (WiFi Protected Access 3). This will be the first upgrade in the last 14 years; so what changes can you expect to see?

This new standard is a big step up from WPA2, in terms of security features, but one thing that will remain the same is the differentiation between personal and enterprise versions. If you’re using professional grade WPA3-Enterprise, you’ll get the equivalent to 192-bit encryption strength, making it harder for hackers to access your data.

One of the most notable changes is that the new legislation brings individualised data encryption. This is designed to protect your data against eavesdropping from within the WiFi network.

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Tougher password-based sign-ins will also be introduced through Simultaneous Authentication of Equals. This is a key establishment protocol that reduces the chance of someone guessing your password.

How does this affect companies like yours?

A series of errors within the core of the WPA2 can expose WiFi connections to cyber-attacks. The fact that WPA and WPA2 are present in practically all WiFi connections means that the majority of businesses are affected by this serious vulnerability and are susceptible to being spied on by criminals.

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Additionally, 41% of Android devices are vulnerable to a particularly ‘devastating’ variant of the attack that exploits the aforementioned vulnerability. The combination of Android devices plus the WPA2 has the potential to be very harmful to a companies’ networks, leaving it at risk from attacks such as ransomware and malware.

We can soon expect to see widespread adoption of this new standard. Meanwhile, why not take the time to reassess the security of your business’s WiFi network?

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