March 3, 2003

NetIQ Extends Content Security Solutions to Corporate Instant Messaging Environments

NetIQ imMarshal for MSN Provides Acceptable Use Monitoring Capabilities

Press Release


At NetConnect™ 2003, NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced the availability of NetIQ® imMarshal™ 1.0 for MSN, one of the first content security solutions on the market designed to enforce corporate usage policies for Instant Messaging (IM). Also, NetIQ announced that NetIQ imMarshal would support additional IM platforms by the end of the year. Gartner Inc. estimates that consumer IM is in use in more than 50 percent of U.S. businesses and 30 percent of non-U.S. businesses, but that less than one percent of businesses are managing their IM environment.* Many organizations use policies to govern the acceptable use of Internet tools, but they typically lack the means to enforce these policies. With the addition of NetIQ imMarshal for MSN, NetIQ now provides a comprehensive solution to manage, monitor, control and report on all aspects of employee activity on the Internet including web, e-mail and IM.

Acting as a filter for MSN Messenger, NetIQ imMarshal for MSN provides access management, archiving of chat sessions, protection from viruses, real-time content analysis, file transfer control and activity reporting.

NetIQ imMarshal for MSN employs proven, award-winning, easy-to-use filtering technology to deliver administrators with a complete solution for securing MSN Messenger. It is flexible enough to adapt to the most complex of policies, providing customized enforcement for groups of users, individuals or the entire business. Only pre-approved content and communication is permitted while objectionable or infected content and suspect parties can automatically be handled according to pre-specified actions.

"Instant Messaging offers important benefits for business; particularly for enterprises spread over wide areas and different time zones," said Chris Williams, director of Messaging Management at NetIQ. "It enables you to stay in touch with colleagues and know instantly when they come online. However, if left unmanaged, IM offers a potential means for circumventing enterprise security measures. NetIQ imMarshal for MSN offers organizations of all sizes a secure way to utilize the benefits of IM collaboration."

NetIQ imMarshal for MSN is part of NetIQ's complete suite of Internet content security offerings for the management and protection of business Internet resources. It provides a complimentary feature set to solutions such as NetIQ® MailMarshal™ and NetIQ® WebMarshal™; providing effective management and enforcement of your organizations’ acceptable use policy.

Pricing and Availability

NetIQ imMarshal for MSN is priced by the number of users in an organization and is available as a Small Business Server License for up to 75 users for $1,295 or as an Enterprise version including a four-Server License for $2,000 plus $750 per 100 users.

For more information about NetIQ imMarshal for MSN, please contact your local NetIQ sales representative or call NetIQ at (888) 323-6768.

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., Portland, Ore and Auckland, New Zealand. For more information, please visit NetIQ's web site at or call (888) 323-6768.

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