July 18, 2002

Microsoft Awards Gold Certification to NetIQ Security Management Solutions

NetIQ’s Proven Commitment and Experience in Security Solutions for Windows platform Earns Microsoft’s Highest Validation


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced it has been accepted in the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program for Security Solutions. Microsoft grants this partner status only to those companies that focus on, have expertise in and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to, developing security solutions based on the Windows platform. With today's announcement, NetIQ strengthens its status as a charter ISV member of Microsoft's Gold Certified Partner Program that was introduced in January 2001.

"NetIQ's designation as a Gold Certified Security Partner with Microsoft underscores our ongoing commitment to provide customers with the tools and services to help securely manage their Windows-based infrastructure," said Matt Dircks, vice president, Product Management for Security and Administration Products at NetIQ. "Gold Partner Certification assures our customers that the NetIQ family of security solutions comply with rigorous certification testing designed to ensure a secure, private and reliable computing experience and enterprise-level customer support."

"The Gold Partner Program for Security Solutions is a valuable resource for customers looking to identify solution providers dedicated to upholding the highest industry standards and best practices for secure systems," said Steve Lipner, director of Security Assurance at Microsoft. "NetIQ has proven its commitment to and expertise in building and delivering security solutions based on Microsoft technologies, and we are pleased to be working with it to help our collective customers get secure and stay secure."

Microsoft's Gold Certified Partner Program for Security Solutions was announced in December 2001 and is part of Microsoft's overall commitment to working with partners to develop and deliver the best technology, tools, support and resources to enable success in the security industry. The Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program for Security Solutions is the ninth category in the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program. For more information on the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program for Security Solutions please visit http://www.microsoft.com/partner/partnering/goldcertifiedoverview/gold_sec.asp

About NetIQ Security Management and Administration Solution

NetIQ®'s Security Management and Administration solution delivers real-time Windows security event consolidation, configuration management, host-based intrusion detection, centralized assessment and incident management, firewall analysis and reporting and Windows security administration. The combination of NetIQ's security and administration products enable IT and security professionals to establish a secure infrastructure and minimize internal and external security threats.

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 http://www.netiq.com/ or call (888) 323-6768.

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