January 13, 2005

NetIQ Wins CRN Test Center Product of the Year Award for Management Solution

Security Administration Suite wins for ease of use,‘top-notch channel program’

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced that its Security Administration Suite won the CRN Magazine Test Center Product of the Year award for the Management Tool category. NetIQ's Security Administration Suite was singled out by CRN Magazine in the management tool category because it "was the easiest to use, provided the most revenue-generation and profit opportunities for solution providers, and is backed by a top-notch channel program."

The winners were chosen from the hundreds of products reviewed by the CRN Test Center during the 2004 calendar year. Product of the Year awards go to "products that offer technological innovation, opportunity and profitability to solution providers." The complete list of winners can be found online at: http://www.crn.com/sections/features/features.jhtml?articleId=55800841&pgno=1

"NetIQ is a valuable channel partner providing both industry leading products and a robust channel program that enables us to help our clients and produce revenue," said Tim Deger, the solutions director at Interlink, a NetIQ Authorized Reseller. "NetIQ's Security Administration Suite helps our clients to better manage and delegate privileges within their Active Directory environments in a simple, yet powerful way."

"NetIQ strives to create programs and training tools to aid solution providers in their sales endeavors as well as create innovative and unique products in the industry," said Mike Ragusa, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales at NetIQ. "This award is a proof point further illustrating NetIQ's commitment to helping solution providers to increase profits and deliver real value for their end-users."

About NetIQ's Security Administration Suite

Comprised of Directory and Resource Administrator™, Directory Security Administrator™ and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator™, NetIQ's Security Administration Suite delivers secure and efficient administration of the Windows infrastructure. The suite integrates with Microsoft Active Directory and makes it easier to work with.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions. In addition to managing Windows-based applications, NetIQ delivers cross-platform solutions that enhance business performance resulting in higher returns on infrastructure and Web investments. NetIQ products are sold worldwide, directly and through a network of authorized NetIQ distributors 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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