NSA advices to use PowerShell for protecting Windows devices

The National Security Agency (NSA) advises Windows device users to use PowerShell for protecting their devices along with cybersecurity partner agencies.

What is a PowerShell?

PowerShell is a task automation and software-hardware management program from Microsoft. It includes a command-line shell and the combined script language.

Moreover, PowerShell was built on the .NET Framework, the latter on .NET Core in 2016 with the introduction of PowerShell Core.

When is it used? 

Simultaneously, PowerShell is constantly used to detect malicious changes on windows devices and for cyberattacks. Moreover, it is mostly supported in the post-exploitation stage.

The NSA and Cybersecurity centres in the U.S. (CISA), New Zealand (NZ NCSC), and the U.K. (NCSC-UK) have also recommended using PowerShell to prevent cyber threats.

How to use PowerShell on your Windows?

There are various versions of PowerShell available for various windows devices. It has a more powerful command-line shell and script language than the command prompt.

So, for starting PowerShell, the power user appears in the taskbar when you press Windows +X from the menu bar and click on ‘Windows PowerShell’ or ‘Windows PowerShell (Admin).’

One can add and delete accounts, edit groups, and create a list of specific types of users or groups.

And to run a script, open the PowerShell windows, type the script’s names, add an extension if there is any and click on the search button.

Moreover, in a recent documents, the NSA states that ‘PowerShell is essential to secure the Windows operating system,’ particularly the newer versions that dealt away with previous limitations.

When properly configured and managed, PowerShell can be a reliable tool for system maintenance, forensics, automation, and security, the document added.