2014 has been another very busy year for EAST. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to provide information, time and resources to help us to meet our targets and objectives. Some of the key highlights from the year are:
In February we celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the 32nd Meeting of National Members which was chaired by Martine Hemmerijckx and hosted by Worldline in Brussels. The meeting was held in the same room where EAST was launched on 11th February 2004.
The EAST Expert Group on ATM Fraud (EGAF), chaired by Otto de Jong from ING, held three meetings in January, May and September. In November EGAF produced Guidelines for recovering Fraud Devices at an ATM Crime Scene. The 6th EGAF meeting will be held next month in Amsterdam.
In May the EAST Expert Group on ATM Physical Attacks (EGAP), chaired by Graham Mott from LINK, held its inaugural meeting, and then a second meeting in September. The third EGAP meeting will be held in March 2015 in London
In June EAST held its 33rd Meeting of National Members which was chaired by Graham Mott and hosted by Europol at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in the Hague.
In August EAST Finance Director Douglas Brotherston and I were delighted to welcome Úna Dillon to the EAST Executive Team as Development Director.
In November we launched the upgraded version our website, with great support from NSDesign and Media Room. This website is now multi-platform compatible and is designed to support our needs for the next few years. During 2014 traffic to our website increased again and we would like to express our thanks to those organisations which have sponsored the website, thereby making the upgrade possible.
And we continue to keep abreast of the latest fraud trends and crime information, publishing our European ATM Crime Reports and European Fraud Updates. Our thanks go out to all the people and organisations that have shared information for the above, and for EAST ATM Fraud Alerts – with 32 sent out this year to date.
2015 is set to be another busy and productive year, with one of the highlights set to be our second EAST Financial Crime and Security Forum, which will be held on 11th and 12th June. EAST will also hold it first event in Italy – the 35th meeting of National Members will be held in Rome in February, hosted by Consorzio BANCOMAT.
Finally, on behalf of EAST, I would like to wish all readers a wonderful festive break and a very happy and fulfilling New Year.