EAST Expert Group on ATM Physical Attacks holds Sixth Meeting

The EAST Expert Group on ATM Physical Attacks - LogoThe sixth meeting of the EAST Expert Group on ATM Physical Attacks (EGAP) took place on Wednesday 14th September 2016 in London, hosted by the LINK Scheme.

EAST EGAP is a European specialist expert forum for discussion of ATM related physical attack trends, attack methodologies and counter-measures, threat protection, and for the provision of regularly updated lists of manufacturers of ATM protective devices.

The EAST EGAP meeting was chaired by Mr Graham Mott and was attended by key representatives from ATM Deployers, ATM Networks, Security Equipment Vendors and Law Enforcement.

EAST EGAP, which meets twice each year, enables in-depth and technical discussion to take place. The areas covered include:

  • The latest incidents and criminal MOs
  • The collection and distribution of best practice guidelines
  • The evolution of threats and counter-measures
  • Lessons from and on law enforcement

The focus of EAST EGAP is on topics and issues raised by EAST National Members, which represent 34 countries with an installed base of 1,332,228 ATMs.  Outputs from EAST EGAP are presented to meetings of EAST National Members.

EAST publishes ATM Physical Security Guidelines

ATM Physical Security GuidelinesEAST has published a document entitled ‘ATM Physical Security Guidelines.’

These Guidelines have been put together by members of the EAST Expert Group on ATM Physical Attacks (EGAP).

An ATM physical attack is defined as one where the criminals’ aim is obtain the cash from within the ATM, either entirely or partially, through a breach in the safe or ATM’s mechanism, or as it is being delivered.  It excludes attacks which are aimed getting relatively small amounts of cash such as cash trapping and also system attacks where the ATM does un-authorised transactions and functions, for example malware or system penetration.  These would be classed as “Fraud”.

ATM Physical attacks come in three main categories, Ram Raid, ATM Burglary and Robbery (ATM replenishment attack).

The document, which is designed to help ATM operators, ATM network operators and Law Enforcement, covers three main themes for the various physical attack types:

  • Identification
  • Advice for Police and Law Enforcement attending the scene
  • Prevention

These ATM Physical Security Guidelines are available for download on the EAST Intranet to EAST members (National and Associate), and there is a version available for wider circulation.  EAST Associate Membership is free for Law Enforcement Officers.