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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Qualcomm backs WPA3 for IoT security

By Nick Flaherty

Qualcomm Technologies is adding the coming WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) across its mobile and networking devices, starting with the Snapdragon 845 and in the 2x2 802.11ax-ready chip for client devices, the WCN3998, and IPQ807x AP platform.

As the number of security threats and vulnerabilities continues to grow, consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the level of sophistication and potential impact. The recent KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack) vulnerability bypassed the WPA2 network security protocol and put Wi-Fi users at risk, allowing potential attackers to access unencrypted network traffic and possibly steal sensitive information. 

Using WPA3 encryption is designed to provide a more seamless configuration  of Wi-Fi devices and more secure wireless access, even when user Wi-Fi passwords fall short of common complexity recommendations. Users will also be protected on public or open hotspots by using Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE), which has the ease of use of open networks but provides more protection than the common usage of WPA2 with an openly shared password.

“At Qualcomm Technologies, we’re committed to working closely with industry bodies like the Wi-Fi Alliance to develop security standards to best protect data traffic across networks and devices, especially as security threats and attacks continue to become increasingly sophisticated,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity and networking, Qualcomm Technologies. “By adopting the latest in encryption technology to protect Wi-Fi connected products from security attacks, Qualcomm Technologies helps customers build products that not only deliver the industry’s latest technologies to the market, but adopt the most advanced security standard available.”

Qualcomm Technologies expects to incorporate WPA3 security features into chipsets in summer 2018 for mobile devices beginning with the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and on all Wi-Fi networking infrastructure products.

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