PCI Secure SLC (Secure Software Lifecycle) Standard as one of the PCI SSF standards, focuses on implementing security concepts and activities throughout the entire software development lifecycle. As a component of the new PCI Secure Software Framework standard. put forth by the PCI Standard Security Council, to govern the associated validations related to the design and development of modern payment software systems.

Secure SLC is the first PCI standard that focuses on the vendor’s software development process. The new standard helps to mature SLC practices in the development phase itself to ensure their payment software can protect payment transactions, minimize vulnerabilities and defend against attacks.

The standard is designed to support a wider range of technologies, payment software types, and development methodologies compared to PA-DSS, addressing key security principles like “governance, threat identification, change management, secure software updates, and stakeholder communications.”.

The standard maintains a mature process for managing software security skills for secure development personnel. PCI Secure SLC standard focuses on:

  • building an environment for secure software development, change control, and management

  • improving communications for secure deployment, configuration and software updates.

  • better security guidelines that can be easily implemented within current industry accepted SDLC practices.

what we offer

The key to implementing robust security controls lies in identifying the right scope, recognizing the difference between compliance and security and in sustaining compliance after successful control implementation.

  • Certification Service

    We conduct a thorough audit of your software development process as per the Secure SLC defined scope and requirements. Post assessment we provide you with AoV, ROV Report and COC.

  • SLC Interim Review

    With new Secure SLC standards in play, our clients can reap the benefit of Secure SLC Annual Maintenance Service that ensure full compliance of the SLC on Recertification Assessment.

  • Advisory Service

    Risk identification, Analysis and management

    Impact Analysis, configuration and change management

    Establishing Quality Assurance Process

  • Professional Training


    Secure Code Training


  • Improved Security and focus on making the risk management a robust decision making process.

    Abiding with PCI Secure SLC, will equip your payment applications developers to better adapt to modern and secure software development techniques, ensuring greater transparency in the security capabilities of payment software.

  • Avoid costly fines

    A secure development process ensures a robust and secure developed application, immune enough to combat security threats. Abiding my Secure SLC, significantly reduces the risk for Data breach, averting costly fines.

  • Sustain Your Business, Improve Brand Reputation and Increasing Profit

    Fast compliance with PCI Secure SLC, showcases your adaptability to combat evolving security threats, thereby increasing customer trust and improving company/merchant reputation. The growing loyalty directly affects the growth of your organization, thereby increase profits and sustaining business.

  • Ensures stakeholder communication for a secure software and data management

    Knowing that your secure development practices are followed in application development can help you and your customers gain some peace of mind and improve stakeholder confidence.

frequently asked questions

The PCI Secure SLC Standard is developed for software vendors that develop payment software. The security standard states requirements that help software vendors conform to best practices throughout the development cycle of the payment software.

The PCI Software Security Framework is separate and independent from PA-DSS. While the PCI Software Security Framework includes elements of PA-DSS, the Framework represents a new approach for securely designing and developing both existing and future payment software.

PA-DSS was designed specifically for payment applications used in a PCI DSS environment. The PCI Software Security Framework is designed to support a broader array of payment software types, technologies, and development methodologies in use today and also support future technologies and use cases.

The Secure Software Standard and Secure SLC Standard are two separate, independent standards. While both standards address some of the same concepts, each standard approaches those concepts from a different perspective (i.e., secure software development processes in the Secure SLC Standard, secure functionality and security features in the Secure Software Standard). 

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