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Founded in the UK in December 2016, HardenStance is a leading industry analyst firm providing trusted research, analysis and insight in telecom and IT security.

HardenStance publishes some of the best independent analyst reports on cybersecurity risk and solutions for the telecom sector and the broader enterprise market. Many of these reports can downloaded from the “Reports” section of the HardenStance website.

Sponsored reports targeting the telecom market, and released in the public domain since 2017, include those sponsored by Adaptive Mobile, A10 Networks, Ericsson, Fortinet, F5 Networks, Gemalto, Netcracker, NetNumber, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Samsung, and Symantec.

Sponsored reports targeting the enterprise market, and released in the public domain in the same timeframe, include those sponsored by AT&T, The Cyber Threat Alliance, Deutsche Telekom, IBM Security, Juniper Networks, KPN, SecBI, Secureworks, Spirent and Telefonica.

During  the 12 months to February 2022, HardenStance has undertaken private and public domain research assignments in a number of areas such as the following:

Enterprise security: Ransomware, Zero Trust for MSPs; enterprise security after the pandemic; SASE, Cyber Asset Management & Continuous Controls Monitoring; Managed security services; AI security; and the Mitre ATT&CK Framework.

Telecom security: Service-based security for 5G; the Pegasus Project; Embedding security in router silicon; 5G authentication services; Use of threat intelligence in the telecom sector; Securing telco migration to the public cloud; Telekom Security’s new strategy; Vodafone Business’ cyber security portfolio; Home router security; ENEA’s acquisition of AdaptiveMobile Security; Singtel’s review of its ownership of Trustwave; Defending telcos against APTs

Principal Analyst, Patrick Donegan, is a well known cyber security speaker, delivering incisive talks to private and public audiences. In the year to February 2002, Patrick has spoken in several on-line virtual events including with AdaptiveMobile Security; Allot Communications; The MEF; Nokia and NetNumber, as well as a number of private engagements.

HardenStance’s inaugural Telecom Threat Intelligence Summit was hosted on October 20th 2021 featuring BT; Deutsche Telekom; Telus; GSMA; Cyber Threat Alliance; Tag Cyber; The Blavatnik School of Government and vendor sponsors AdaptiveMobile Security; Nokia; Eclectic IQ; Ericsson; Fortinet and NETSCOUT.

HardenStance is a strong advocate of industry collaboration in cyber security. HardenStance openly supports the work of key industry associations, organizations and SDOs including NetSecOPEN, AMTSO, The Cyber Threat Alliance, MEF, ETSI, the GSM Association and OASIS. HardenStance has published research on the important work of a number of these organizations and spoken at a number of their events.  ETSI, NetSecOPEN and the Cyber Threat Alliance have each served as industry association sponsors of HardenStance reports. HardenStance is formally recognized by the Cyber Threat Alliance as a ‘CTA Champion’.


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Patrick Donegan - Founder & Principal Analyst, HardenStance Ltd

Patrick Donegan, HardenStance’s Founder & Principal Analyst

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, Patrick was the Chief Analyst at Heavy Reading, the research division of Light Reading. 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; and his communication skills, both as a leading technology industry analyst and report-writer and an incisive, thought-provoking, speaker. In the fifteen years since he first turned his attention to cyber security, Patrick has accumulated knowledge and expertise across the NIST Cyber Security Framework’s five pillars of Identification; Protection; Detection; Response and Recovery.

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 focused on the role of the telco in the cyber security ecosystem. 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. He was appointed Heavy Reading’s Chief Analyst in 2013.

Many Years Working For Leading Tech Companies

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, Patrick 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, Patrick was Editor of Mobile Communications International. His full Linked-In CV, including Recommendations from colleagues and clients, can be viewed here.