April 21, 2005

VARBusiness Magazine Gives Five-Star Rating to NetIQ Channel Program for Second Year, Names NetIQ’s Michael Ragusa to List of Top 75 Channel Executives

(Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions, today was recognized for the second time by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine as one of North America's top information technology (IT) vendors.


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SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions, today was recognized for the second time by CMP Media's VARBusiness magazine as one of North America's top information technology (IT) vendors. NetIQ received a Five-Star Rating, acknowledging the robust features of its programs for IT integrators, resellers and consultants.

In addition, Michael Ragusa, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales at NetIQ, has been recognized by the editors of CMP Media's VARBusiness as one of North America's "Top 75 Executives" - a who's who of the women and men minding the IT distribution channels. The "Top 75 Execs" list is based on information from IT analysts, sales figures, market share and accumulated knowledge.

"We applaud vendors like NetIQ for their overall channel commitment and channel innovation," said Robert C. DeMarzo, VARBusiness publisher. "The 75 executives whom we've honored have demonstrated the deliberate, steadfast focus needed to grow both their own companies' businesses and those of their loyal solution-provider partners. They develop the successful programs that build business by effectively moving technology through the channel to end users."

"Being honored a second time with the Five-Star rating shows that we continue to build upon our already strong channel program," said Ragusa. "I'm proud to lead a dedicated team whose number one objective is to create the training, the tools and the products to help solution providers increase business." VARBusiness magazine's 11th annual Partner Programs Guide survey appears in the March 21, 2005 issue, and includes the list of the Top 75 Channel Executives.

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 18 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides unique strategic business and technology insight for Solution Providers through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available on the magazine's Web site at www.varbusiness.com.

About NetIQ

NetIQ (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions that empower IT with the knowledge to assure service. NetIQ offers integrated, modular products that give users the ability to ensure operational integrity, better manage services and risk, and ensure policy compliance. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices and development facilities in 16 countries worldwide, NetIQ employs 1,200 people and has more than 3,000 enterprise customers. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.netiq.com or call (888) 323-6768.

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