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 and WPA3 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.