The objectives agreed by the Board, National and Global Members of EAST are as follows:

  • Maintain national representation from all states in the European Union (EU), as well as from other non-EU states in the Single European Payments Area (SEPA), and any other state by approval and invitation from the Board of EAST.
  • Pooling and dissemination of European terminal and payment security information, and promotion of Industry Best Practice documents and guidelines on terminal and payment crime.
  • Contribution and consolidation of national best practice guidelines with relevance to terminal and payment security.
  • Promotion of European police liaison at national, regional and local levels with regard to terminal and payment crime.
  • Maintenance of communications channels with Europol, Eurojust, INTERPOL, US Secret Service and ASEANAPOL.
  • Represent the security interests of the Terminal and Payments industries at all relevant European central bodies and institutions.
  • Monitoring developments of legislative and regulatory bodies and standards produced by European central bodies (and national governments), and affecting the Terminal and Payment industries, with a view to preventing excessive regulation and encouraging industry self-regulation.
  • Encouraging and facilitating the creation of national and/or regional Terminal and Payment security working groups in Europe.
  • Through the EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF), maintaining a working relationship with the international card schemes and with Terminal and equipment/service vendors.
  • Through the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP), maintaining a working relationship with Terminal and equipment/service vendors.
  • Through the EAST Payments Task Force (EPTF) maintaining a working relationship with Payment Service Providers.
  • Maintaining communication channels with all relevant national and international security working groups focussed on the detection and prevention of crime perpetrated at Terminals. These channels to work both ways, feeding information in and passing information out.
  • Maintaining a working relationship with the card schemes and other relevant players.
  • Through targeted invitations to present at EAST meetings, maintain connections with all industries that have a relevance to the physical and transactional security of a Terminal during its lifecycle.
  • Bring focus onto the need to improve international cooperation when conducting cross-border investigations, and the importance cross-border asset recovery.
  • Promote best practice in the technical prevention of crime at payment terminal locations.
  • Promote EAST through participation in relevant third-party events, including training for both law enforcement and the private sector.