The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will support the new WPA3 Wi-Fi security standard
Qualcomm is welcoming the latest WPA3 Wi-Fi security standard with open arms. In an announcement, Qualcomm said that it wanted to show its industry leadership by implementing more advanced Wi-Fi security features on devices which support it. That includes devices with the WCN3998 and IPQ807x AP platforms along with 2×2 802.11ax-enabled devices. So far, that means Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip will have what’s necessary to support WPA3.
WPA3 is part of the natural improvement of security measures after WPA2 was basically cracked open early last year – 11 years after the standard was first released fully in 2006. Qualcomm is making sure they stay on top of security advancements to entice users to buy devices with their latest chipsets. If their chips are resilient to most forms of attack, then they’ll certainly attract more enterprise customers.
WPA3 is more secure than WPA2 by changing how devices authenticate to the access point when connecting. This avoids exploits like KRACK, as the earlier handshake system used for connecting could be abused. Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE) will provide a higher level of security and accessibility when connecting to open or public Wi-Fi hotspots, unlike current open WPA2 networks with shared passwords.
Qualcomm’s perseverance to solidify their name as the best mobile chip provider can’t go unnoticed. Between a focus on improving security with efforts such as WPA3 inclusion and a hardware security module to support Android P’s StrongBox Keymaster, their efforts to improve security on mobile devices is commendable. You just have to buy a device with the right chip, of course.