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IoT Test Project Leader - Cyber Security and Data Privacy

IoT Test Project Leader - Cyber Security and Data Privacy

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Position Overview

As our lives are becoming more connected, Consumer Reports has been focused on developing privacy and security standards by which all IoT products are measured. As Project Test Leader, Cyber Security and Data Privacy, you will support this effort by ensuring testing protocols and procedures, including developing the methodologies needed, to determine security risks of all IoT products.


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Qualifications Include

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent, with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in cybersecurity development and testing with Internet connected devices, mobile apps, and software.  Master's degree preferred.
  • Proficiency in using spreadsheet software.
  • Written and verbal skills to clearly and accurately report test methods and results as well as explain them in a way that is understandable by content creators who are not technically knowledgeable.

Thorough understanding of and experience with:

  • Home-router-based wired (Ethernet) and wireless (802.11x Wi-Fi with encryption) IP networking, router settings and features, and LAN architecture
  • DHCP and commonly-used IP protocols and packet types for both general-purpose computing and Internet of Things (IoT) communications
  • WAN communications standards common to home networks and consumer-level Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • Tools for monitoring, logging and analyzing IP communications (Ex: Wireshark, Burpsuite, Pineapple)
  • Best-practice principles for keeping personal communications secure from hackers and unauthorized monitoring
  • Installation of desktop software on the Windows and Mac OS platforms
  • Installation of mobile apps on the Android, iOS and Windows platforms

Additionally, candidates should:

  • Have a keen interest in analyzing network communications and seeking out weaknesses in security and privacy of home networks in general and of connected devices and the software installed on them.
  • Be self-motivated to go beyond the minimum requirements of the assigned work to discover unanticipated vulnerabilities and security flaws that may affect the privacy of consumers.



Key Responsibilities

  • Performs other duties of the department, but not those of a higher level 
  • Plans, coordinates and oversees test projects.
  • Implements testing protocols and ensures proper implementation.
  • Knowledge of  test methodologies, equipment and protocols.
  • Ensures that test data meet established standards for accuracy, repeatability, reproducibility and dependability.
  • Designs and helps to build test equipment and develops methods to accomplish goals defined by test protocols as required.
  • Prepares preliminary test project protocols.
  • Evaluates and recommends improvements to existing test procedures.
  • Actively participates as a member of a product testing and content team, conferring with other team members as necessary to ensure objectives for quality and timeliness are met.
  • Ensures quality of test projects and strives for continuous quality improvement by celebrating successes and reducing errors.
  • Ensures maintenance and calibration of lab equipment.
  • Ensures ratings are delivered accurately and within established deadlines.
  • Interacts with manufacturers and retailers as necessary.
  • Performs other duties of the department, but not those of a higher level