Our Founder

Patrick Donegan
Patrick Donegan, Principal Analyst


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HardenStance’s Founder is Patrick Donegan, a leading industry analyst and market strategist in the telecom and cyber security sectors for thirty years.

Prior to founding HardenStance in December 2016, Patrick was Chief Analyst of Heavy Reading, the research division of Light Reading. Having founded Heavy Reading’s network security research practise in 2009, he went on to serve as Chief Analyst from 2013 – 2016. From December 2016 to February 2019, he also served on the Advisory Board of the Cyber Rescue Alliance, a management consultancy which helps organizations reduce the harm caused by cyber attacks.

Core Strengths

Patrick’s core strengths are the self-awareness, objectivity, and rigour he brings to his analytical work; his insider’s knowledge of the high tech industry and tech companies (he worked for Motorola and Nortel between 1999 – 2006); and his communication skills, both as a leading technology industry analyst and report-writer and an incisive, thought-provoking, speaker.

In the ten years since he first turned his attention to cyber security, Patrick has acquired substantial expertise across most of the primary issues surrounding threat prevention, detection and response and spanning the core tenets of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.

11 Years at Heavy Reading

Patrick joined Heavy Reading from Nortel in 2006. He initially joined as a mobile networks analyst before launching the company’s network security research practise. During his time with Heavy Reading, Patrick published many syndicated and custom reports and led several custom consulting projects for leading vendor and operator clients in the networking and cyber security space. He led consulting projects in a range of areas including DDoS protection; malware detection; secure software; identity & access management;  application security; mobile infrastructure security; smartphone security; security as a service; next generation firewalls; different kinds of machine learning; encryption; security challenges with software programmability; and the emerging security challenges around 5G.

Years Of Experience Working In The High Tech Industry

Patrick understands high tech companies from the inside, having worked directly for two of the largest. From 1999 – 2001 he worked for Motorola’s Corporate Strategy office in EMEA. From 2001-2006 he worked for Nortel Networks in a strategic planning role supporting the company’s mobile networks business.

Early Career At The Economist Group

He cut his teeth as a telecom sector analyst with the Yankee Group (since acquired by 451 Research), serving as a mobile networks analyst from 1997 – 1999.

While he honed his excellent public speaking skills during his time at Heavy Reading, Donegan first established a reputation as a leading writer and editor in the telecom sector way back in the early 1990s. From 1990- 1995 he worked for Public Network Europe magazine, published by The Economist Newspaper Ltd. From 1995 until 1997 when he joined the Yankee Group, Donegan was Editor of Mobile Communications International.

His full Linked-In CV, including Recommendations from colleagues and clients, can be viewed here.