March 5, 2003

NetIQ VigilEnt Policy Center Wins 'Best Buy' Award from SC Magazine for Policy Management

NetIQ Singled Out As 'Exceptional' Compared to 9 Other Policy-Solution Vendors; Marks Fifth Win for VigilEnt in SC Magazine's Policy Management Category


Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla.

At NetConnect™ 2003, NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced NetIQ® VigilEnt™ Policy Center was honored with a Best Buy award from SC Magazine, receiving five out of five stars in the Features, Ease of Use, Performance, Support and Value For Money categories.

In awarding their Best Buy distinction, SC Magazine reviewers called VigilEnt Policy Center an "exceptional choice," describing the software as "very user friendly" and, due to its ability to designate policies to end users based on their organizational role, said the solution "ensures all users have the means to learn about the policies that apply to them," while giving administrators the power to "ensure that users are educated and fully aware of all policies in force." Reviewers also applauded VigilEnt Policy Center for greatly assisting administrators by pre-loading more than 1,000 policy templates based on Charles Cresson Wood's Information Security Policies Made Easy.

The complete product review can be found in the March 2003 print edition of SC Magazine or online at www.scmagazine.com (under Group Test One).

"This award validates NetIQ's strategy of delivering tools that uniquely address customers' critical pain points, in this case policy management and regulatory compliance," said Chris Pick, vice president of Product Strategy for the Security Management & Administration business unit at NetIQ. "We are thrilled that, under competitive conditions, VigilEnt Policy Center has proven to be the most comprehensive enterprise policy management solution available today."

This is the third consecutive year VigilEnt Policy Center received this esteemed award and marks the fifth time since 2001 that VigilEnt Policy Center received recognition from the publication. SC Magazine has now recognized VigilEnt Policy Center with the following awards: Best Buy 2001, Pick of 2001 for Policy Management, Best Buy 2002 and Pick of 2002 for Policy Management.

About VigilEnt Policy Center

Introduced in 2000 as the first and only software solution that provides control of security policy creation, distribution, education and tracking for compliance, VigilEnt Policy Center has become the market leader in automated security policy compliance. The solution closes the gap between corporate security policies and the people who implement them at business, operations and technical levels across the enterprise. While educating people and securing policy compliance agreement and measurement, VigilEnt Policy Center provides the leading automated method for creating policies and keeping them up to date.

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

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