IoT Test Engineer, Privacy and Security Testing


The Opportunity

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.


For over 80 years, people have trusted Consumer Reports to advocate for their interests and help them make informed choices. Today, we're inviting you on new mission: to make sure there are rules for fair conduct in the digital marketplace, and that they’re set in consumers’ favor. To make sure people can live their lives without being forced to sacrifice their privacy. And to make sure people can trust that their devices and data are secure.


We're looking for technologists, activists, lawyers, economists and entrepreneurs who share our drive to build consumer power in the 21st century. With your help, we’ll lead a new movement to restore choice and control to our digital lives. Learn more at


In this role, 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.

What you will do

  • Conduct 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

About You

  • You have a Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent experience. 
  • You have a background in development and testing of Internet connected devices, mobile apps, and software. You are insatiably curious about the internet of things and you’ve hacked around with connected devices and are interested in how they treat your data.
  • Additionally, you have a 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
    • HCP 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)

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Consumer Reports

At CR, we believe our continued ability to understand and advance the interests of all American consumers is possible only if our staff fully reflects the full cultural, racial and ethnic diversity of those consumers.

Consumer Reports is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other class protected by applicable law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed