December 5, 2003

NetIQ Group Policy Guardian Deemed 'Product You Love' by Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Readers

NetIQ Security Administration Suite, NetIQ MailMarshal SMTP Win Second Place in Group Policy Management, Anti-Spam Solution Categories Respectively


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced that NetIQ® Group Policy Guardian™, part of NetIQ's Administration solution, was voted the Best Group Policy Management Solution in the Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine "Products You Love" survey. NetIQ® Security Administration Suite came in second in the Best Group Policy management category and NetIQ® MailMarshal™ SMTP came in second in the Best Anti-Spam Service or Product category.

"NetIQ is known for providing solutions that are enterprise scalable, but at the same time simple to deploy with a quick time to value," said Matt Dircks, vice president of Product Management for Security and Administration Products at NetIQ. "When users vote a product among those they 'love' it tells us that we are delivering on our promise to work towards making our customers' jobs easier and more productive."

Readers said NetIQ Group Policy Guardian "hit the nail on the head" and was praised for its ability to "audit policies and track changes to help pinpoint security issues."

This fall, readers of Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine voted on hundreds of products in nearly three-dozen categories to decide the 2003 "Products You Love" winners. In an effort to maintain the legitimacy of the survey, voting was only allowed for a short period of time and voters were required to submit their name, title, company name, phone number and email address. The complete list of winners can be found in the December issue of Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine or online at http://www.mcpmag.com/Features/article.asp?EditorialsID=382

About the NetIQ Administration Solutions

NetIQ, the leader in Windows management, helps companies realize a return on their Active Directory investments by enabling simpler management and enhanced security through its unique Layered Security Architecture. NetIQ provides the most comprehensive set of Active Directory migration tools and administration solutions that help users to save time and money transitioning from the past, improving productivity in the present and preparing for changes in the future. Users can delegate Windows account administration, manage the complexities of Group Policies and audit GPO changes, as well as ensure proper Active Directory access and file security.

About the NetIQ Content Security Solutions

The NetIQ Content Security Solution enforces organizations' Acceptable Internet Use Policy for email, web browsing and instant messaging, as well as blocking spam and viruses. NetIQ's VigilEnt™ Policy Center is the first step in preventing spam and other email and Internet abuse through user education on potential spam-attracting practices. To enforce email usage policies and protect against viruses, spam and loss of confidential data, NetIQ MailMarshal offers a fast, easy-to-use email scanning solution filtering internally distributed mail or incoming mail at the gateway. NetIQ MailMarshal has 2.5 million users and blocks up to 50 million spam messages per day based on an average of 25 spam messages per day per user.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corporation (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems & 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; Portland, Ore; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; Galway, Ireland and Auckland, New Zealand. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.netiq.com or call 1-888-323-6768.

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