October 28, 2002

NetIQ Security Manager Certified by The Center for Internet Security

NetIQ's Security Software Conforms to Enterprise Interoperability Standards, Benchmarks

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (NASDAQ: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced that NetIQ® Security Manager™ 4.0 has been certified by The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a not-for-profit membership organization. NetIQ is a charter member of CIS, which was formed in October 2000 to certify products to advance widespread adoption of consensus security benchmarks.

The CIS Certification is awarded based on independent testing of Security Manager by the Virginia Tech Security Testing Laboratory. CIS, which distinguishes itself from other certification programs by tying vendor tools to its consensus best practices movement, also is working with AICPA, IIA and ISACA to advance the science of security auditing.

Security Manager 4.0 provides an advanced, central security console for real-time security event monitoring; automated response; host-based intrusion detection; event log consolidation; and security configuration management. Security Manager is enterprise-scalable to thousands of servers and workstations, allowing organizations to fully integrate and leverage security events from other solutions in the enterprise. "Consistent, competent practices are vital to the widespread adoption of any technology," said Clint Kreitner, president and CEO of The Center for Internet Security. "Securing the Internet today is an important goal for the entire Internet community. The proliferation of user-defined security practices based on broad consensus will help ensure the security of information residing on systems connected to the Internet."

"As a member of CIS, NetIQ is committed to using the CIS benchmarks as a baseline for improving information security across the enterprise," said Scott Hollis, director of Security Products at NetIQ. "As CIS raises the bar to develop a new and broader industry standard, NetIQ will continue working to meet, exceed and contribute to the improvement of those standards."

About The Center for Internet Security

The Center for Internet Security’s mission is to help organizations around the world effectively manage the risks related to information security. CIS provides methods and tools to improve, measure, monitor, and compare the security status of Internet-connected systems and appliances. More than 200 companies, educational organizations, government and law enforcement agencies, professional associations, and individuals from around the world are members of CIS. Security Benchmarks and associated Scoring Tools developed by the members of CIS are available for download free of charge from its website (http://www.cisecurity.org).

About NetIQ Security Management and Administration Solution

NetIQ Security Management and Administration solutions deliver 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 management 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 www.netiq.com or call (888) 323-6768.

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