RedHerd: Offensive Cyberspace Operations as a Service
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  • Release Date: 2021-12-17
  • cyberspace operations
  • red teaming
  • adversarial simulation
  • penetration testing
  • orchestration
  • hacking
Video Introduction

This video is adapted from 10.3390/signals2040038

Nowadays, time, scope and cost constraints along with knowledge requirements and personnel training constitute blocking restrictions for effective Offensive Cyberspace Operations (OCO). This video presents RedHerd, an open-source, collaborative and serverless orchestration framework that overcomes these limitations. RedHerd leverages the ‘as a Service’ paradigm in order to seamlessly deploy a ready-to-use infrastructure that can be also adopted for effective simulation and training purposes, by reliably reproducing a real-world cyberspace battlefield in which red and blue teams can challenge each other. Authors discuss both the design and implementation of the proposed solution, by focusing on its main functionality, as well as by highlighting how it perfectly fits the Open Systems Architecture design pattern, thanks to the adoption of both open standards and wide-spread open-source software components. The video also presents a complete OCO simulation based on the usage of RedHerd to perform a fictitious attack and fully compromise an imaginary enterprise following the Cyber Kill Chain (CKC) phases.

The RedHerd Framework is publicly available on GitHub.

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Pecoraro, G.; D'amico, M.; Romano, S.P. RedHerd: Offensive Cyberspace Operations as a Service. Encyclopedia. Available online: (accessed on 24 June 2024).
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Pecoraro, Giovanni, Mario D'amico, Simon Pietro Romano. "RedHerd: Offensive Cyberspace Operations as a Service" Encyclopedia, (accessed June 24, 2024).
Pecoraro, G., D'amico, M., & Romano, S.P. (2021, December 17). RedHerd: Offensive Cyberspace Operations as a Service. In Encyclopedia.
Pecoraro, Giovanni, et al. "RedHerd: Offensive Cyberspace Operations as a Service." Encyclopedia. Web. 17 December, 2021.
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