Project Leader, Privacy Testing


Position Overview

Yonkers, New York


Are you concerned that tech companies have too much power to shape people’s lives? That the most powerful business models today are based on extracting people's data without their understanding, consent or control? And that companies are not keeping pace with the emerging harms posed by their products and services? If you think we all deserve better and want to put your skills to work for the good guys, then we want you to help build our new Digital Lab. 

Learn more about digital lab here:


The Opportunity



You will develop and implement tests of data privacy and internet security for a wide range of Internet-connected consumer products such as TVs, refrigerators, and robotic vacuums. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to original investigative research with Consumer Reports journalists and advocates.


This is a great career opportunity for an engineer or computer scientist interested in making a measurable impact on consumer privacy, cybersecurity, and the lived quality of IoT. You will solve a steady stream of interesting challenges, be exposed to the latest hardware and software products from hundreds of manufacturers, and have the opportunity to examine them, probe them, and increase public knowledge in a way that benefits millions of people. 

Key Responsibilities

What you will do

  • Plan, coordinate and oversee test projects for connected devices, apps, and software.
  • Implement testing protocols and ensure proper implementation.
  • Ensure that test data meet established standards for accuracy, repeatability, reproducibility and dependability.
  • Design and help to build test equipment/tools and develop methods to accomplish goals defined by test protocols as required.
  • Prepare preliminary test project protocols.
  • Evaluate and recommend improvements to existing test procedures.

Qualifications Include

About You

  • You have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent, with a minimum of 3 years experience in cybersecurity development and testing with Internet connected devices, mobile apps, and software.  Master's degree preferred.
  • 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 networks (Ex: Wireshark, Burpsuite, WiFi Pineapple, etc.)
    • Tools for penetration testing (Ex. Metasploit, SSL Strip, Bettercap, Kali Linux, etc.)
    • Tools for monitoring and analyzing privacy and security on mobile (e.g. Lumen, Android Studio, Frida, Ida)
    • Best-practice principles for keeping personal communications secure from 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, you 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.


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