PA DSS Compliance

Along with PCI DSS compliance, EthicalHat provides advisory services for Payment Application Data Security Standard or PA DSS Compliance. PA DSS applies to companies that develop payment applications for storing, processing, or transmitting cardholder data in cases where these applications are sold, distributed, or licensed to third parties. 

We can identify which PA DSS requirements apply to you and help you meet these requirements. Some of the more important PA DSS requirements are:

  1. Providing safe password features 
  2. Protecting cardholder data
  3. Facilitating secure network implementation and secure remote software updates
  4. Encrypting sensitive traffic over public networks
  5. Not storing cardholder data on Internet-connected servers
  6. Securing wireless transmissions

As part of our PA DSS Compliance offering, we offer the following services:

Helping you identify the specific PA DSS requirements that apply to you

All payment applications work differently, with each designed for a different credit card environment and processing method. In addition to these, there are different platforms, programming languages, integration methods, and payment gateway channels. Identifying which PA DSS requirements are most relevant to you and making sure each component of your app is secure are complex tasks. Our experience with securing payment applications makes us uniquely qualified to help you meet your PA DSS compliance requirements.

Gap Analysis

Our Gap Analysis service is designed to compare your application’s current security setup with relevant PA DSS-requirements and help you identify gaps. We go beyond meeting the basic minimum compliance requirements to make sure that the changes we suggest for compliance can be implemented smoothly in your specific environment, and that your application is truly secure.

Charting out a plan to close all the gaps

EthicalHat can help both your application development team and your stakeholders to prioritize PA DSS compliance efforts and implement the changes necessary to close all security gaps. We help you draft a comprehensive plan to achieve compliance.

Secure Code Review

Our security experts review the application’s source code to identify the parts that relate to PA DSS controls, and scan these for bugs. We do some basic threat modelling before the code review to identify coding errors that may have caused security holes in the application.

Application Security Assessment

Our Application Security Assessment service is designed to look for security risks and threats based on the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) guidelines and the OSSTMM standard.

Attestation by a PA DSS Qualified Security Assessor

The final stage of the PA DSS Compliance service involves a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) validating your compliance with the standard’s requirements. We partner with QSAs to attest to and maintain your compliance with PA DSS.

To find out more about our PA DSS Compliance Advisory Service, email us at or call us at +1-844-838-4422

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