Payment Card Industry Software Security Framework (PCI-SSF)

PCI-SSF is a standard designed for securing payment applications.

What is PCI-SSF?

PCI-SSF is the successor standard for Payment Application Data Security Standards (PA-DSS), which was released in 2008. PCI-SSF ensures that payment software is designed and developed following security best practices. It includes more security controls than PA-DSS to better protect applications and their users against malicious attacks.

Why do we need PCI-SSF?

PCI-SSF is an updated version of PA-DSS, with better support for recent technologies and broader coverage of software and payment platforms. A big advantage of PCI-SSF is its flexibility. When it comes to meeting security requirements, PCI-SSF is flexible about how to satisfy those requirements. It offers various methods that organizations can choose from to suit their needs.

How your organization can apply PCI-SSF

If you develop payment software, you will need to secure it for the sake of protecting your customers and your business. If you currently use PA-DSS, please note that it expires at the end of October 2022 and will be replaced by PCI-SSF. In such situations your business will need to transition from PA-DSS to PCI-SSF.

How SD Elements can help with PCI-SSF

SD Elements provides the ability to integrate PCI-SSF compliance into your Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). SD Elements helps your team consider and apply the security best practices that PCI-SSF offers while they work on their development projects. This will allow you to meet all necessary payment security requirements by the time your project is complete.
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