The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an odd place to announce an enterprise product, but the Wi-Fi Alliance used the massive trade show \u2014 which has more or less taken over where Comdex left off \u2014 to announce a major upgrade to Wi-Fi security.\nThe alliance announced the Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3), a new standard of Wi-Fi security that greatly increases the security capabilities of the wireless standard. WPA2, which is the current standard in wireless security, has been around for 14 years, so this is way overdue.\n\nThe update can't come to market fast enough. Last fall, a major vulnerability in WPA2 and WPA called KRACK \u2014 for Key Reinstallation Attack \u2014 came to light. KRACK could allow attackers to snoop on encrypted data being transferred between computers and wireless access points.\n4 enhancements in WPA3\nThere are four main enhancements to the standard, but the Alliance did not divulge technical details on how these will be implemented. The first is \u201crobust protections\u201d for people who use weak passwords, as well as protection against what are known as dictionary attacks to try and brute force the password.\nSecond, WPA3 aims to simplify the configuration process and security for devices with limited display interfaces. This will be ideal for sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. You will be able to tap a smartphone against a device or sensor and then provision the device onto the network.\nThe third improvement is specifically for open Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. WPA3 device will give every user individualized data encryption without the need to configure a network password. Again, details are lacking, but it should help allay some fears about employees working at a Starbucks.\nFinally, WPA3 aims to deliver stronger security for government, defense, and industrial networks by complying with the Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Suite. CNSA is a 192-bit security protocol mandated for secure networks.\nThe Alliance expects products to ship later this year, and since its members include Apple, Cisco, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, they would know.\nUpdate long due\nWPA2 is the standard for security, and it isn\u2019t terribly secure. You have KRACK, DEAUTH, and the general weakness of access points. Yet this is the standard for securing everything from your corporate network to the IoT.\nIt\u2019s a darn shame it took this long to update. But as USB has proven, if you want to get nothing done, turn it over to an industry consortium. That\u2019s where standards go to die because everyone wants their IP used so they make money off every sale. The end result is nothing gets done.