September 13, 2004

NetIQ’s VigilEnt Policy Center 4.0 Launched as Global Services Offering

New Version Includes More Than 2,000 New Policy Templates; Product Complementary to NetIQ Vulnerability Manager and NetIQ Security Manager


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced NetIQ’s VigilEnt™ Policy Center 4.0 as part of the NetIQ Global Services offerings portfolio. VigilEnt Policy Center 4.0 is an award-winning solution for developing, implementing, managing, tracking, training and reporting on companies’ corporate policies including information security, privacy, human resources, health, safety and more.

Many companies are facing the impending deadlines of government regulations, which place emphasis on corporate policy creation, awareness training on those policies and technical compliance. VigilEnt Policy Center 4.0 continues to update the policy creation resources available to customers with the addition of more than 2,000 new policy templates, a Sarbanes-Oxley policy library with sample quizzes, a corporate governance framework of policy, standards and procedures and sample acceptable use policies for the Internet, e-mail and instant messaging.

VigilEnt Policy Center 4.0 provides a library of more than 1,500 policy templates developed by Charles Cresson Wood, CISSP, CPA and author of “Information Security Policies Made Easy.” The library covers the entire range of BS7799/ISO17799 topics in varying levels of severity to simplify the policy creation process.

“Often companies do not have the security and regulatory expertise or resources needed to ensure compliance within allowable timeframes or mandated deadlines,” said Kelly Trammell, managing director of NetIQ Global Services. “With VigilEnt Policy Center 4.0 wholly incorporated into, and delivered and supported by our NetIQ Global Services team and our services partner community, we will be able to work with customers to provide them with the policy content and consulting services necessary to help them achieve maximum value from their implementation within their timeframe constraints.”

With VigilEnt Policy Center 4.0, NetIQ has improved the usability, incident reporting and the ability to utilize secure communications with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) repositories. This provides role-based policy distribution by securely leveraging existing corporate infrastructure through its LDAP integration and providing greater security in the administration of the product.

According to META Group, a leading provider of information technology research, advisory services and strategic consulting, organizations that address regulatory compliance with a comprehensive program aligned with the security strategy will increase to 40 percent by 2005.

“Examining an organization's security condition requires assessments, analyses, audits, monitoring and management in the areas of risk, compliance, vulnerabilities, policies and security,” said Carsten Casper, research analyst at META Group. “When it comes to compliance, organizations must take into account two types: compliance with external or legal requirements, typically called ‘regulatory compliance,’ and compliance with internal requirements, typically called ‘policy compliance.’"

NetIQ’s VigilEnt Policy Center is complementary to NetIQ Vulnerability Manager™ and NetIQ Security Manager™, NetIQ’s vulnerability and incident management solutions. Using VigilEnt Policy Center 4.0 in conjunction with NetIQ Vulnerability Manager and NetIQ Security Manager, customers are able to set a measurable benchmark at the beginning of a security program, create policies accordingly, and then measure the security program’s effectiveness later.

Pricing and Availability

NetIQ’s VigilEnt Policy Center is available today and pricing starts at $10,000 for the first 200 users and $10 per user thereafter. The price also includes installation assistance from NetIQ Global Services.

For more information about VigilEnt Policy Center, please contact your local NetIQ sales representative or call NetIQ at (888) 323-6768.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions. Historically focused on managing Windows-based applications, 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. and Galway, Ireland. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at www.netiq.com or call (888) 323-6768.

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