February 10, 2004

NetIQ Security Products Named "The Best of 2003" By SC Magazine

Products Selected Based on Features, Ease of Use, Performance, Documentation and Support and Value

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced that four NetIQ products were named 'The Best of 2003" by SC Magazine. The products and their respective categories are:

  • Intrusion Detection Systems – NetIQ® Security Manager™
  • Internet Security – NetIQ® WebMarshal™
  • E-mail Security – NetIQ® MailMarshal™ SMTP
  • Policy Management – NetIQ® VigilEnt™ Policy Center

The Best of 2003 are chosen from hundreds of products reviewed by SC Magazine throughout the year. Products are judged in five categories — features, ease of use, performance, documentation and support and value. Products included in "The Best of 2003" received five stars or were deemed a "Best Buy" or were "Recommended" in a product review in 2003.

"Our clients are continually impressed by how quickly they realize value from NetIQ's feature-rich products," said Art Costigan, managing principal for Global Network Security Consultants, LLC. "As security threats become more sophisticated, it is necessary for companies to be increasingly aware of the security events occurring in their IT organization such as viruses entering through email or harmful files downloaded onto the network. NetIQ provides our clients with the confidence that comes with being secure."

NetIQ MailMarshal SMTP described as "stunning" and VigilEnt Policy Center deemed an "exceptional choice" received the "Best Buy" award for product reviews in February 2003 and March 2003, respectively. NetIQ Security Manager was praised in the April 2003 review of IDS products for its "comprehensive reporting and management system." NetIQ WebMarshal received five stars and was said to "offer superb value for the money."

"A holistic and integrated approach to managing risk and securing the enterprise is a common thread that runs through all of NetIQ's Security Management solutions," said Matt Dircks, vice president of Security Management Products at NetIQ. "From content security to Intrusion Detection, NetIQ Security Management products are continuously recognized as best-in-class, particularly when customers are polled or members of the press review the products in real-world labs like these awards from SC Magazine."

The complete list of winners can be found in the December print issue of SC Magazine or online at www.scmagazine.com

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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