10 essential PowerShell security scripts for Windows administrators

PowerShell is a valuable tool for automating Windows administration tasks, including laborious security chores

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PowerShell is an enormous addition to the Windows toolbox that gives Windows admins the ability to automate all sorts of tasks, such as rotating logs, deploying patches, and managing users. Whether it's specific Windows administration jobs or security-related tasks such as managing certificates and looking for attack activity, there is a way to do it in PowerShell.

Speaking of security, there's a good chance someone has already created a PowerShell script or a module to handle the job. Microsoft hosts a gallery of community-contributed scripts that handle a variety of security chores, such as penetration testing, certificate management, and network forensics, to name a few.

A little precooked PowerShell can lighten the Windows administrator’s burden, so check out the following modules to improve the security of your Windows systems and networks.

Harden the system

Once inside your network, attackers typically take some time for reconnaissance to learn the network topography, discover other systems, and find additional credentials to move laterally through the network and compromise other systems. The object, of course, is to identify where the most sensitive pieces of information are stored and exfiltrate them.

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