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As payment card data is subject to constant threats from cyber criminals, securing payments is paramount to business success. Managing the security of payment applications falls to the PCI Security Standards Council’s Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) and the new Software Security Framework (SSF). They ensure that essential application security controls are implemented, and software is developed in line with good security practices.


Why validate to PA-DSS or SSF?

Having an application validated to the PA-DSS or SSF standards enables you to demonstrate to acquiring banks, payment processors, payment card brands, and merchants that you take application security seriously. PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) assessments can be simplified by using a PA-DSS validated application, which can be mandated by acquiring banks or the card brands in certain circumstances. The PCI Secure Software Standard, which is part of the new PCI SSF, will eventually replace the PA-DSS with modern requirements that support a broader array of payment software types, technologies, and development methodologies.

Coalfire completes more PA-DSS assessments than any other Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) in the world. Our dedicated team of application security professionals has been delivering application security assessments since the beginning of the PA-DSS program, when it was known as a Payment Application Best Practices (PABP) assessment.

Our team uses CoalfireOne℠ to ensure projects are managed consistently and to identify compliance challenges early so they can be addressed quickly and cost effectively.


We help you:

  • Integrate security into your payment application development lifecycle for a more efficient compliance process.
  • Save time and resources by integrating your security and compliance needs into the early stages of development and streamlining the PA-DSS/SSF assessment process.
  • Access unparalleled technical expertise, reducing the time it takes for an assessment to be delivered.
  • Rely on consistent results from our proven methodology and technology enabled team.
  • Take advantage of an expert team of trusted advisors who will support the process and work with you to ensure success.
  • Understand the new PCI SSF, which helps vendors with developing and maintaining payment software, so it protects payment transactions and data, minimizes vulnerabilities, and defends against attacks.
  • Navigate the new Secure Software Lifecycle (Secure SLC) Standard to properly manage the security of payment software throughout the software lifecycle.

Why choose Coalfire for your PA-DSS and SSF needs?

Dedicating a team to payment application assessments has allowed us to continuously improve our process and to have expert focus and centralized resources for more thorough, efficient engagements. We continuously collaborate with clients across their development, engineering, and product teams to support their delivery of more secure applications.

We lead the way in assessing the security of advanced payment application technology, and work directly with the PCI Council to improve the standards.

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