What are Protected Management Frames?

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA2™ with Protected Management Frames and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3™ provide protection for unicast and multicast management action frames. Unicast management action frames are protected from both eavesdropping and forging, and multicast management action frames are protected from forging. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac, WPA3™, Passpoint®, Wi-Fi Agile Multiband™ and Wi-Fi Optimized Connectivity™ devices require Protected Management Frames. They augment privacy protections already in place for data frames with mechanisms to improve the resiliency of mission-critical networks.