What is PCI SSF?
The PCI Secure Software Framework (SSF) is a set of standards currently made up of the PCI Secure Software Lifecycle (PCI SSLC) and the PCI Secure Software Standard (PCI SSS). Currently, there are two (2) standards under PCI SSF; however, this is dynamic and in the future there may be others that get added to better suit the needs of different software vendors and entities.
The PCI SSLC standard is for companies that would like to test and show their observance to secure development lifecycles.
The PCI SSS is for companies looking to validate a specific piece of software (similar to PA-DSS) and will undergo a rigorous examination including hands-on application testing for the specific product.
Both standards will result in a listing on the PCI SSC website. PCI SSLC will list the company, the products developed under these processes, and what kind of product categories the vendor develops. the PCI SSS will result in a list of the specific products that were validated.