Kate Stewart works with the safety, security and license compliance communities to advance the adoption of best practices into embedded open source projects. Kate was one of the founders of SPDX, and is currently the specification coordinator. Since joining The Linux Foundation, she has launched the ELISA and Zephyr Projects, among others, and oversees other embedded projects hosted by the Linux Foundation. With over 30 years of experience in the software industry, she has held a variety of roles and worked as a developer in Canada, Australia, and the US and for the last 20 years has managed software development teams in the US, Canada, UK, India, and China. She received her Master’s in computer science from University of Waterloo and Bachelor’s of computer science from the University of Manitoba.
5 years ago the Zephyr project was launched at Embedded World, with the vision to deliver the best-in-class RTOS for connected resource-constrained devices, built to be secure and safe. Since then, many companies have collaborated together to create a vendor neutral solution to achieve these goals. The project has actively worked to adopt open source best practices, as well as best security practices. This talk will go into details about the practices Zephyr has adopted, and that other open source projects should consider, as we work to make the endpoints devices of the IoT ecosystem secure.