09.02.2023 | Reading-time: 2 min

SCION Association hopes to establish alternative internet architecture

Zurich/Lucerne - The newly in Lucerne founded SCION Association aims to establish SCION as an alternative to the current internet standard. The technology, which was primarily developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, is characterized by high transparency and network security.

A new association hopes to establish SCION technology, which was developed under the leadership of computer scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), as an alternative to the current internet standard. The innovative protocol ensures that data flows along the most efficient and trustworthy routes and gives the sender the option of determining data pathways, the SCION Association explains in a press release

Adrian Perrig, head of the Network Security Group at the ETH, commented in the press release: “SCION represents a quantum leap forward in terms of network security, particularly in communication availability.” The SCION protocol can be used in parallel with today’s infrastructure and is already being used by the Secure Swiss Finance Network (SSFN) comprising Swiss National Bank (SNB), SIX Group, Swisscom, Sunrise, and SWITCH. Andréa Maechler, Member of the Governing Board of SNB, stated that the technology strengthens “the security of the entire Swiss financial system against cyber threats that emanate from the internet.”

The entrepreneur and former Swiss diplomat Uli Sigg and Reto Francioni, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss International Airlines, are joining the board of the SCION Association, which is based in Lucerne. It will be open to members from across the world and currently includes the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, among other institutes. Fabian Peter, Member of the Cantonal Government and Director of Economic Affairs, added that the cantonal administration of Lucerne will also “do its utmost to support the development of the SCION ecosystem.”