January 14, 2002

NetIQ Debuts Directory Security Administrator; Enhances Microsoft's Active Directory Security Model

New Security Capabilities at Core of Enhanced NetIQ Administration Suite 2.0 Standard Edition, Released Today

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions, today announced the availability of the NetIQ® Directory Security Administrator™. Directory Security Administrator enhances the security provided in Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory by giving administrators a centralized interface to easily visualize, search for and modify Active Directory Access Control Lists (ACLs). Directory Security Administrator joins an upgraded suite of existing applications as part of NetIQ Administration Suite version 2.0, Standard Edition, released today. NetIQ also announced today the availability of the Administration Suite, Advanced Edition.

Directory Security Administrator provides a central view across the enterprise of objects in the directory structure and displays their associated permissions. Administrators can easily identify assigned rights and privileges and make changes to ACLs as necessary. Directory Security Administrator's unique permissions search capability allows administrators to easily and quickly determine where permissions are set and manage the rights of users, groups or machines on objects throughout a domain. Directory Security Administrator helps IT personnel significantly simplify administration by automating time consuming manual tasks and increases security by tracking and enforcing access rights.

"Active Directory's ACL-based security model is powerful, but because it's so extensive, it can be difficult to manage," said Tom Kemp, senior vice president of Products at NetIQ. "By adding Directory Security Administrator to NetIQ's award-winning Administration Suite, we're helping IT professionals get the most out of Active Directory's sophisticated security capabilities creating a more secure enterprise."

The NetIQ Administration Suite, Standard Edition provides powerful and comprehensive administration for Windows NT 4, Windows 2000/Active Directory, Exchange 5.5, Exchange 2000 and Windows resources such as printers, file shares and file systems. The suite also includes powerful reporting capabilities that assess the current state of the computing environment and produce more than 100 reports spanning all managed objects. Directory Security Administrator joins the following existing applications in the suite:

  • Directory and Resource Administrator - the award-winning product that provides highly secure distributed and automated administration of Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000/Active Directory environments.
  • Exchange Administrator - integrates with Directory and Resource Administrator to automate and simplify Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2000 mailbox management across Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 enterprises.
  • File Security Administrator - supplies file security management and reporting across Windows NT and Windows 2000 file servers throughout the enterprise.
  • Configuration Assessor - provides on-demand reporting capabilities, allowing IT managers to assess their environment, track system changes over time and identify security weaknesses.

"Microsoft is pleased to broaden an already strong relationship with NetIQ," said Jackson Shaw, Active Directory product manager at Microsoft. "Windows 2000 administrators know the NetIQ name well and will certainly benefit from the introduction of NetIQ Administration Suite 2.0, and Directory Security Administrator and Group Policy Administrator in particular."

"Directory Security Administrator is an effective tool for Network Administrators and Security Managers. It provides an easy interface to control access to network permissions/rights with a familiar Microsoft interface." Jim Etienne, Information Risk Manager, Gruntal & Co.

Availability and Pricing

NetIQ Administration Suite 2.0, Standard Edition and Directory Security Administrator are now available. Pricing begins at $24 per user for Administration Suite 2.0, Standard Edition and includes Directory Security Administrator. Directory Security Administrator can also be purchased separately for $9 per user. Administration Suite 2.0, Advanced Edition and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator are also available today. NetIQ Administration Suite, Advanced Edition is a superset of the Standard Edition that provides Active Directory administrators with Group Policy Administrator, an advanced Group Policy management product. Pricing begins at $30 per user for Administration Suite 2.0, Advanced Edition and includes Group Policy Administrator. Group Policy Administrator can also be purchased separately for $9 per user. For more information, visit the NetIQ web site atwww.netiq.com/product/DSA or call (888) 323-6768.

"Securing Your Active Directory" - Live On-line Chat Session

NetIQ is sponsoring "Securing Your Active Directory" a live on-line chat session via techtarget.com on January 15 from 1-2 p.m. central time. John Enck, vice president and research director at Gartner; Dave Trulli, program manager at Microsoft; and Dave Peterson, senior product manager at NetIQ, will discuss the opportunities for increasing Active Directory security. To register please go to http://searchwin2000.techtarget.com/onlineEvents/0,289675,sid1,00.html

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corporation (Nasdaq:NTIQ) is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions for all the components of an organization's e-business infrastructure - from back-end servers, networks and directories to front-end web servers and applications. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Raleigh, N.C., Bellevue, Wash., and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit NetIQ's Web site at www.netiq.comor call 408/856-3000. For more information about WebTrends, the e-business intelligence product line from NetIQ, please visitwww.webtrends.com or call 888/WEBTRENDS.

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