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Synopsys consultant wins a leadership award from SC Media

We’re thrilled that Andrew van der Stock, senior principal consultant at Synopsys, has won an SC Media Reboot Leadership Award for Outstanding Educators.

We’re excited to announce that Andrew van der Stock, senior principal consultant at Synopsys, has been named a winner in the third-annual SC Media Reboot Leadership Awards, earning the distinction in the Outstanding Educators category.

A total of 50 honorees were revealed as part of a special editorial section published on on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

About the Reboot Leadership Awards

The Reboot Leadership Awards are an adjunct to SC Media’s annual Reboot coverage, which takes place each December when SC Media recognizes the best and brightest cybersecurity luminaries and organizations. The Reboot Leadership Awards are offered similar accolades. The winners are honored with a special section on SC Media’s website and in their December Reboot edition.

“I’m honored to receive the SC Media Reboot Award for Outstanding Educator,” said Andrew. “Travelling the USA and the world, creating and training clients on Synopsys’ materials or the public with OWASP materials is a life-enriching experience for all involved. I love learning new stuff about development trends from my students, and I’ve never met a developer who didn’t want to learn about how to hone their security skills and apply it to their craft. I’ve just released a three-day training course for anyone to pick up from GitHub, make it their own, and deliver it locally, allowing anyone, anywhere, of any means to get the latest information. I thank Synopsys for giving me this opportunity, and my family for putting up with me toiling away on weekends to get it done.”

The nominees faced a thorough judging process conducted by SC Media’s editorial team. This included a review of their professional backgrounds, references, and work undertaken to benefit the wider industry, as well as any other research deemed necessary. Winners were chosen based on their outstanding service, qualifications, and advancements in the cybersecurity industry.

“Demonstrating leadership, initiative and commitment to a safer digital society, SC Media’s 2019 Reboot Awards winners have rightfully earned their distinction as key players within the larger cybersecurity ecosystem,” said Teri Robinson, executive editor, SC Media.

For profiles of all this year’s SC Media Reboot Leadership Awards honorees, visit

About Andrew van der Stock

As a senior principal consultant at Synopsys, Andrew provides technical leadership in security architecture, threat modeling, secure coding guidelines and reviews, assurance and penetration tests, risk assessments, and developer training. He’s worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years and has researched and developed web application security and architecture fields since 1998 for Fortune 50 clients in Australia, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and in the USA.

Andrew leads the OWASP Top 10 and Application Security Verification Standard projects, having previously led the OWASP Developer Guide, OWASP Top 10 2007, and ESAPI for PHP projects. He’s a lifetime member of OWASP and has served as a director and treasurer of the global OWASP Foundation Board. He’s also held executive director and global chapters committee positions within OWASP.

Andrew has presented at many conferences, including OSCON, Black Hat USA, Ruxcon,, and AusCERT. For over 15 years, he’s trained developers and InfoSec professionals in leading-edge technologies and techniques, such as DevSecOps, that move security testing from secure code reviews and penetration testing to repeatable unit and integration testing by developers.

“Andrew is a massive asset to my team,” said Mark Zurich, senior director of technology at Synopsys. “He tackles some of the most challenging vulnerability-based security engagements for our customers. He is outstanding at finding bugs in code and hardening applications and seems just as ‘at home’ whether he’s dealing with a small/medium-sized company or a multinational Fortune 50 enterprise around the globe.”

About SC Media

SC Media is cybersecurity. They’ve lived it for over 30 years, sharing industry expert guidance and insight, in-depth features, timely news and independent product reviews in various content forms in partnership with and for top-level information security executives and their technical teams.

SC Media arms information security professionals with the in-depth, unbiased business and technical information they need to tackle the countless security challenges they face and establish risk management and compliance postures that underpin overall business strategies. They deliver breaking news, comprehensive analysis, cutting-edge features, contributions from thought leaders, and the best, most extensive collection of product reviews in the business.

Whether through their comprehensive website, magazine, in-depth ebooks, newsletters, or regularly scheduled digital and live events, such as their SC Awards program and their RiskSec conference, their readers gain all the relevant information they need to safeguard their organizations and, ultimately, contribute to their longevity and success.

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