October 18, 2005

NetIQ Joins Microsoft and Other Leading Security Firms to Form the SecureIT Alliance

NetIQ lends its expertise in security management to improve security on the Microsoft Platform

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions, today announced that it has joined the SecureIT Alliance, as a founding member. The SecureIT alliance is a community of security infrastructure industry leaders working together to enhance the security of the Microsoft platform.

The SecureIT Alliance is an effort to bring greater integration to enterprise security products, and foster collaboration and innovation of new security solutions for the benefit of enterprise customers. As part of this initiative, the SecureIT Alliance is developing a community site (www.secureitalliance.org) to facilitate technical dialog between Alliance members and promote greater interoperability and integration of their products with the Microsoft platform during the technology development phase. Enterprise customers will be able to use the site to locate security solutions and other information provided by Alliance members to help address their security related needs.

"As a founding member of the SecureIT Alliance, NetIQ is dedicated to working with the community to improve the security for customers on the Microsoft platform," said Olivier Thierry, senior vice president, Worldwide Marketing and Alliances at NetIQ. "The SecureIT Alliance should make it easier for community members to share information and best practices, which will ultimately benefit customers as more innovative security solutions are built for future platforms."

"We are excited that NetIQ has joined the SecureIT Alliance," said Bruce Burns, senior director at Microsoft Corporation. "The SecureIT Alliance and the participation of key industry leaders such as NetIQ represent an important move toward addressing all levels of security for users and enterprises."

About NetIQ

NetIQ is a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions that empower the IT organization with the knowledge and ability to assure IT service. NetIQ's Knowledge-Based Service Assurance solution embeds knowledge and best practices to ensure operational integrity, better manage service levels and risk and ensure policy compliance. NetIQ's modular, best-of-breed solutions for Performance & Availability Management, Security Management, Configuration & Vulnerability Management, and Operational Change Control integrate through an open, service-oriented architecture allowing for common reporting, analytics and dashboards. For more information about NetIQ, visit www.netiq.com or call (888) 323-6768.

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