November 19, 2002

NetIQ Adds Third Check Point OPSEC Certification

Security Manager Tightly Integrates with Check Point Next Generation Security Solutions


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 achieved OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) certification for NetIQ® Security Manager™ from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP). The OPSEC Alliance is the industry's most recognized security framework providing end users with integrated, best-of-breed Internet security. OPSEC certification guarantees customers the interoperability and tight integration of Security Manager with Check Point's market-leading VPN-1®/FireWall-1® Next Generation solution. With today's announcement, Security Manager joins NetIQ's AppManager® and WebTrends® Firewall Suite in NetIQ's roster of OPSEC certified products.

Security professionals can simplify and maximize the management of their security defenses by coupling Security Manager solution's centralized incident management capabilities with the world-class protection provided by Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1. Security Manager allows security consultants, corporate security teams and IT administrators to centrally manage, correlate and respond in real-time to security events from firewalls as well as other best-of-breed security products operating in their enterprise. In addition, users can improve availability with host-based intrusion detection and meet audit requirements with event log consolidation. Built on a self-deploying, redundant and highly scalable infrastructure, Security Manager provides extensive out-of-the-box security knowledge that allows security professionals to maintain security best practices.

"NetIQ Security Manager has passed extensive testing in order to meet OPSEC's high standards in Internet security," said Upesh Patel, manager, OPSEC Alliance for Check Point Software Technologies. "Through OPSEC integration of NetIQ Security Manager with Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1, our customers have the ability to centrally manage and monitor security events and generate actionable information that's critical to security administrators."

"NetIQ is pleased to extend our relationship with Check Point to include OPSEC certification of NetIQ Security Manager," said Scott Hollis, director, Product Management for Security and Administration Products at NetIQ. "OPSEC certification assures our joint customers that NetIQ and Check Point products seamlessly interoperate to enhance security defenses and improve manageability in today's highly distributed environments."

About NetIQ Security Management and Administration Solution

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

About Check Point's OPSEC

OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry's open, multi-vendor security framework. With more than 325 partners, OPSEC guarantees customers the broadest choice of best-of-breed integrated applications and deployment platforms that support Check Point's Secure Virtual Network Architecture. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified seal have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability. For complete OPSEC Alliance program information, including partner and product listings, the freely available OPSEC SDK (software development kit) and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products, visithttp://www.opsec.com.

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

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