If you’re running a modern business, it’s highly likely that you rely on one of the most commoditized technologies in the 21st century – wireless internet.
In fact, a recent poll from AT&T showed that 98% of all small businesses currently use wireless technology. And since so many businesses rely on the tech, many business owners
tend to overlook the daily security threats facing Wi-Fi users. Sure, you have a password protected network and some kind of WPA-encryption, but are you really secure?
According the Wi-Fi alliance, the old wireless systems are not – but WPA3 is here to help fix that issue.
Old Tech Means Big Problems
If you’re one of the 50% of small businesses currently relying on wireless technology that’s more than a decade old, you could be setting yourself up for wireless failure.
Old wireless technology poses one of the biggest cybersecurity safety risks a business can have. As technology has progressed, hackers and cyber criminals have stayed on the forefront of progress, ensuring their schemes can break through as much technology as possible. And if you’re relying on outdated wireless technology – and outdated wireless security measures – you’re putting your business at constant risk.
Additionally, relying on outdated wireless technology may be harming your customers too. Not only could a breach put their own data at risk through your network, but outdated technology isn’t going to work as fast and reliably as up-to-date options, meaning you may lose customers to speed of your competitor’s downloads.
The Changes WPA3 Will Bring
The new answer to wireless is WPA3, the successor to the currently popular and nearly 15-year-old WPA2 wireless standard that’s in nearly every wireless device. And while WPA3 may seem like a massive change, it will bring a new level of security to businesses that employ the new technology.
One of the massive advantages of WPA3 will be increased encryption that will combat cyber-snooping campaigns like KRACK, which exposed a vulnerability in WPA2 that allowed a cyber-criminal to have access to information that was previously believed to be fully encrypted. WPA3 does this by providing an added layer of individualized data encryption, which means organizations and users that use WPA3 security will have the most secure Wi-Fi available.
In the digital age, cybersecurity is a priority for every business that’s online – and WPA3 is going to make that professional level of security easier to attain.
Next Steps for WPA3 Implementation
The new technology is set to enter the mainstream market this year in 2018, but may need a few small tweaks in your system to provide full efficiency, notably a new router that’s WPA3 certified to be compatible with the new system.
To ensure your Wi-Fi is at its most secure, however, it’s smart to enlist the help of a local IT consultant like NENs to ensure the setup process and security measures are completed correctly.
So give us a call today and we’ll stop over to take a look at your Wi-Fi system – and let you know exactly what you’ll need to do to be WPA3 ready in 2018.