PA-DSS Standard

PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standard) applies to payment applications that are involved during the authorization or settlement in the transmission, storage or processing of cardholder data. PCI PA-DSS aims to protect sensitive data, facilitate secure implementation according to PCI DSS requirements and support secure software application development. Certification can be performed for the terminal application (POS), software on the ATM’s or on processing switches, as well as applications installed on computers, kiosks , authorization servers, payment gateways etc.

From July 2012 both Visa and Mastercard requires every payment application to be either PA-DSS compliant or be covered by vendor PCI-DSS certification

Check your PA-DSS Application Eligibility