Compliance Services

PA-DSS & SSF Assessment

At MegaplanIT, we have a keen understanding of the challenge businesses face in passing compliance assessments and remaining compliant over time. Our PA-DSS and SSF assessment services are designed to keep your costs and level of effort down while making it easy to stay compliant year after year.

Service Overview

Your Path to Achieving PA-DSS And SSF Compliance

The Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) is the current and outgoing standard for payment applications that stores, process or transmits electronic credit card data. Entities benefit from the use of certified PA-DSS apps by reducing the scope of their own PCI assessment and mitigating the risk associate with developing a payment application.

The PCI Software Security Framework ( SSF ) is an evolution of PA-DSS which provides validation programs for both the applications themselves as well as the Software Life Cycle necessary for the secure design and development of payment applications.  The SSF program breaks down into two separate certifications the Secure Software standard and Secure SLC standard. 

Key Benefits

Safeguarding all your sensitive payment application data

Reduce costs and level of effort

Stay compliant year-round

Safeguard sensitive payment data

Rigorous penetration testing

Experienced, fully certified SSF & PA-DSS assessors

How It Works

•  The PCI Secure Software standard outlines security requirements and assessment procedures to help ensure payment software adequately protects the integrity and confidentiality of payment transactions and data.

• The PCI Secure SLC standard outlines security requirements and assessment procedures for software vendors to validate how they properly manage the security of payment software throughout the entire software Lifecycle.

► Project scope and data collection
Your PA-QSA will schedule a series of calls to obtain a high-level overview of your payment app environment, which allows MegaplanIT to determine the scope of the project and identify which documents must be collected.
► Data gathering, review, and analysis
Your PA-QSA will evaluate all documentation against the PA-DSS and PCI-DSS requirements and identify security gaps.
► Application penetration testing
MegaplanIT will conduct network penetration testing within a secure lab environment that targets selected payment applications to identify vulnerabilities.
► On-site visit
Your PA-QSA will make an on-site visit to your critical payment environment to collect follow-up evidence and validate which security controls are in place and compliant.
► MegaplanIT QA cycle
Your PA-QSA will then submit the draft Report on Validation to MegaplanIT's Director of Compliance Services for review, and the Quality Assurance lead will ensure all findings are in accordance with PA-DSS.
► Deliver final Report on Validation
Your final Report on Validation will be sent to your team for review and your PA-QSA will schedule a meeting (either on-site or remote) to discuss the findings or points of interest within the report.

The PCI Software Security Framework will replace PA-DSS in 2022 providing companies with time to plan for the transition from PA-DSS to SSF. MegaplanIT can assist in this transition with our bundled compliance solutions and streamlined approach. Our certified PA-QSAs and SSF assessors ensure your payment applications are fully secured and compliant with the payment application standards.

Ready To Get Started?

With over a decade of experience, MegaplanIT has a proven record of excellence in performing accurate payment application compliance assessments that provide the best value in the industry. Contact us today to find out how our PCI-DSS Plus Program can help your business save time and reduce costs.

What Our Customers Say

Our Security Consultant was extremely well organized, knowledgeable, personable and responsive. Our IT Director was extremely satisfied. I shopped for year one and MegaplanIT was the most reasonable and all-encompassing and you felt they were in it for a long term relationship. Do not hesitate to hire MegaplanIT they are very approachable and responsive. I heartily recommend them.
Travel Related Technology & Payment Solutions
For the past four years, we have partnered with MegaplanIT for our annual PCI-DSS Level 1 audit. In addition to that annual work, we have also found them to be a great source of advice and best-practice recommendations; their expertise has helped us conceptualize and plan the robust, secure systems that our customers count on each day. Their team is a pleasure to work with, and we highly recommend their people and services.
Payments and Software Company
Chief Technology Officer
From sales to the final report (and everything in between), working with MegaplanIT has been a pleasure. Their vast PCI knowledge, along with their fast response times far exceeded my expectations. They truly understand PCI, and how that applies to our virtual environment. They are a great partner, and always try to make themselves available when we need them. A truly professional and dedicated team!
Payment Technology Merchant Acquirer



At MegaplanIT, we understand the demands of your business. You need your data to be accessible to your organization, yet impenetrable from the outside. You also have to comply with increasingly stringent information security regulations, which are vital not only to your security but to your success. On top of that, you’re still, well—running a business.

Our innovative IT security and compliance solutions are designed to deliver customized, cost-effective service on time. With a highly qualified team of PCI-DSS QSAs, Penetration Testers, and Information Security Consultants here at MegaplanIT, we will assess your unique company and business environment and design a path to security that will fit all of your needs.

Complete the form below and a MegaplanIT team member will get back to you shortly. If you have a security or compliance emergency, contact us immediately at: 1-800-891-1634.