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PowerShell 101: A Technical Explainer for IT Pros

This report features our most recent explainers on PowerShell, including how to use the management framework to track IT systems and trends and protect against PowerShell-based fileless malware attacks.

PowerShell – an extensible task automation and configuration management framework developed by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and MacOS – continues to be a valuable and widely used tool in the enterprise. When it was first released in 2006, PowerShell essentially replaced Command Prompt as the default way of automating management tasks and enterprise applications, relying on cmdlets to add functionality.

Since then, its functionality has only grown more complex – as have the security threats. Between the third and fourth quarters of 2020, PowerShell threats grew 208%, according to data collected by McAfee.

How well do you know the capabilities and vulnerabilities of today's PowerShell?

This PowerShell 101 report compiles our most recent explainers on Microsoft's PowerShell, including how to use the management framework to track a variety of IT systems and trends, monitor storage health and protect against the growing threat of PowerShell-based fileless malware attacks.