September 9, 2003

Westcon Signs Agreement with NetIQ to Distribute VigilEnt Security Management Solutions to North American Channel

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, and Westcon, a channel provider of networking technology products and a division of the Westcon Group, Inc.


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SAN JOSE, Calif. and TARRYTOWN, N.Y.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, and Westcon, a channel provider of networking technology products and a division of the Westcon Group, Inc., announced today that Westcon now distributes NetIQ's complete line of security products, the VigilEnt™ Security Management solutions, to the North American Channel.

The addition of NetIQ security solutions enhances Westcon's ability to offer a complete range of industry-leading security management products, supporting its technology focus and existing product portfolio.

"NetIQ's VigilEnt Security Management solutions complement our entire convergence and security-based product line, ultimately providing users with the ability to increase the efficiency and ROI of their networks, manage their security infrastructure in real time, as well as comply with government regulations and enforce Acceptable Use Policies," said Anthony Daley, executive vice president and general manager of Westcon Group North America, Inc. "Our resellers are making their end users aware of the legal and financial liabilities which face companies that lack effective security solutions. This proactive education process is creating tremendous demand for the technology that NetIQ provides."

NetIQ's VigilEnt Security Management solutions deliver rapid time-to-value for managing risk and protecting IT infrastructures across four functional disciplines: Policy & Compliance Management, Administration & Identity Management, Vulnerability & Configuration Management and Incident & Event Management. These solutions are designed to optimize and assure the security of critical IT assets, protecting systems, applications and services according to customers' business objectives.

"NetIQ's channel program is growing and so has the NetIQ product offering with the acquisitions of PentaSafe Security Technologies and Marshal Software," said Paul Murray, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales at NetIQ. "To respond to this growth we called on Westcon to help meet the distribution needs of our resellers. Because Westcon is a proven leader specializing in security solutions, they are an obvious choice to distribute NetIQ's VigilEnt Security Management products."

"The relationship between Westcon Group and NetIQ provides an invaluable resource to security resellers. Bringing together the new VigilEnt brand products and NetIQ Marshal content security products with NetIQ's traditional security offerings is an excellent addition to our existing security portfolio," said Tom Duffy, President/CEO at IGX Global. "We are now able to offer our customers comprehensive security solutions from one vendor and one distribution source."

About Westcon

Westcon is a channel provider of networking technology and a division of the global Westcon Group, Inc. The company offers products and services for connectivity, remote access, Internet and e-business, IP telephony, virtual private networks, videoconferencing, wireless connectivity and network security. Westcon is located at 520 White Plains Road, Suite 100, Tarrytown, NY, 10591-5167. Tel.: (914) 829-7170. Fax: (914) 829-7137. Internet: www.westcon.com/online.

About NetIQ

Founded in 1995, NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq:NTIQ - News) 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; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; Auckland, New Zealand; 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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