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Founded in the UK at the end of 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 in both the telecom sector and the broader enterprise market. All 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 A10 Networks, Blue Rocket, Ericsson, Fortinet, F5 Networks, Gemalto, Netcracker, NetNumber, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks 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 September 2020, key areas of HardenStance’s research focus have included Network Traffic Analysis (NTA); 5G security; managed security services; the use of AI in enterprise security; Managed Detection & Response (MDR); Zero Trust; security imperatives for telcos undergoing digital transformation; playbook-driven cyber security; deception technology; the UK managed security services market; SS7 security; and open standards for network security testing.

In the year to September 2020, two key trends are apparent in the way clients are engaging with HardenStance:

A substantial increase in the share of HardenStance research projects focused on enterprise security, including projects addressing the Zero Trust, MDR and playbook-driven cyber security market spaces.


A substantial increase in the share of revenues derived from private research and consulting assignments that do not have a publicly available report deliverable tied to them.

Principal Analyst, Patrick Donegan, is a well known cyber security speaker, delivering incisive talks to private and public audiences. In the year to September 2020, Patrick has given talks at live and on-line digital events hosted by KPN, Fortinet, SecBI, NetNumber, Secureworks and the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG) as well as a number of private engagements.

HardenStance is also 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, 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 acquired substantial expertise across most of the primary challenges and solutions surrounding threat prevention, detection and response and spanning the core cyber security 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 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, 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.