September 19, 2002

Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce, General Services Administration Head Joins NetIQ Board of Directors

Public-Sector and Technology Industry Veteran Brings Unique Experience to NetIQ Board

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, announced today the appointment of David (Dave) J. Barram to its board of directors.

Barram recently completed eight years of service with the federal government in Washington, D.C., having been appointed deputy secretary and COO of the Department of Commerce by then-president Bill Clinton in July 1993. In March 1996, Clinton appointed him Administrator (CEO) of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

"Dave brings a unique combination of expertise in finance, government and technology that I believe will be an important asset to NetIQ," said Charles M. Boesenberg, chairman and chief executive officer at NetIQ. "As we continue to grow the company into new areas of technology and business, we will rely on the rich experience of Dave and his Board colleagues to help guide our progress."

In addition to his government work, Barram is a 24-year veteran of the technology industry, spending 13 years in finance and marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard before becoming the first chief financial officer at then start-up Silicon Graphics in 1983. In 1985, Barram joined Apple Computer as vice president of finance and chief financial officer; he also held the positions of vice president of corporate affairs and vice president of corporate communications. Barram earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in 1965 and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University in 1973.

"NetIQ is a solid company with a strong focus on understanding its customers' needs whether they are the unique needs of the government sector or the broader private sector," Barram said. "This focus, along with its strong financial performance, has made NetIQ a leading software provider. I look forward to working with the company to grow it to the next level."

About NetIQ

Founded in 1995, NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions. Historically focused on the Windows management market, NetIQ now delivers cross-platform solutions that enhance business performance resulting in higher returns on infrastructure and Web investments. NetIQ products are sold across all continents directly and through a network of authorized NetIQ partners and resellers. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit NetIQ's Web site at or call (888) 323-6768.

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