February 17, 2004

WebTrends Reporting Service Named Best of 2003 by PC Magazine

WebTrends Hosted Service is the only Web Analytics Solution to Win; Described as "Indispensable"

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced that its WebTrends® Reporting Service, formerly called WebTrends® Live, has been recognized by PC Magazine www.pcmag.com as one of the Best Products of 2003. The WebTrends hosted ASP solution was favored because of its drill down and export capabilities, as well as its extensive e-commerce tracking, multiple-site reporting and “very specific control over access privileges.” The PC Magazine Best Products of 2003 award listing WebTrends Reporting Service can be found at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1421136,00.asp

WebTrends Reporting Service delivers actionable insight into Web visitor behavior to allow organizations to acquire more Web site visitors, convert visitors into customers and retain more customers by segmenting those likely to return. With the ability to customize reports, dashboards and date ranges, business managers can focus on their most relevant information and answer virtually any Web site question.

“We are honored that PC Magazine selected WebTrends Reporting Service as one of the Best Products of 2003,” said Greg Drew, senior vice president and general manager of the Web Analytics Business Unit at NetIQ. “The WebTrends® family of products continues to receive high industry accolades which can be attributed to the proven business results in which our customers continue to benefit.”

About WebTrends Solutions

As the market leader for Web analytics, WebTrends® solutions from NetIQ provide timely answers enabling customers to improve their return on investment from Web-based initiatives. More than half of the Fortune and Global 500 companies rely on WebTrends for accurate and actionable insight into Web site activity and Web visitor behavior. WebTrends solutions uniquely provide both licensed software and a hosted ASP offering as well as multiple levels of insight to seamlessly accommodate increasing customer requirements.

About NetIQ

Founded in 1995, NetIQ Corp. (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; 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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