The end of another busy year is almost upon us.  On behalf of the EAST Board I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the continued success of EAST this year.  Being able to meet again in-person has been fantastic and, while all our meetings are still not yet back to normal, the hybrid meetings that we held all went well, as did the virtual meetings.

EAST supported Europol by attending two Joint Advisory Group Meetings on 25 May and 18 October, and by presenting at an EMPACT action dedicated to Terminal and Host Frauds on 14 December.  Rui Carvalho represented EAST.  Supported by EAST EGAF, Europol published updated guidelines to help industry and law enforcement counter the ATM Logical Attack threat.

EAST supported CEPOL by presenting at a course focussed on combating Card Fraud on 12 November.  I represented EAST.

During the year we said goodbye to two long-standing friends and colleagues, Phoebus Christodoulides and Delia Vaquerizo.

Ukraine is represented at EAST by the Ukrainian Interbank Payment Systems Member Association (EMA) and it was a real pleasure to see their representative Olesya Danylchenko in-person at our 1st Global Congress in June.  Despite the pressures of the war, she has done a fantastic job in sharing information during these very difficult times.  I know I speak for all of us in wishing her, her colleagues, and all their families, a safe, warm, connected, and very happy Christmas.

And lastly every best wish to all readers for a wonderful festive break and a very happy New Year!

Kind regards

Lachlan