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PowerShell Transcription must be enabled on Windows 11.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-253415 WN11-CC-000327 SV-253415r829329_rule Medium
Maintaining an audit trail of system activity logs can help identify configuration errors, troubleshoot service disruptions, and analyze compromises that have occurred, as well as detect attacks. Audit logs are necessary to provide a trail of evidence in case the system or network is compromised. Collecting this data is essential for analyzing the security of information assets and detecting signs of suspicious and unexpected behavior. Enabling PowerShell Transcription will record detailed information from the processing of PowerShell commands and scripts. This can provide additional detail when malware has run on a system.
Microsoft Windows 11 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-09-29


Check Text ( C-56868r829327_chk )
If the following registry value does not exist or is not configured as specified, this is a finding:

Registry Path: \SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\PowerShell\Transcription\

Value Name: EnableTranscripting

Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1
Fix Text (F-56818r829328_fix)
Configure the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Windows PowerShell >> "Turn on PowerShell Transcription" to "Enabled".

Specify the Transcript output directory to point to a Central Log Server or another secure location to prevent user access.