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Novell Selects (ISC)² to Enhance Security Capabilities

Adoption of key industry certification will strengthen Novell security Global recognition of CISSP certification gives customers worldwide assurance on Novell security expertise

PROVO, Utah | May 7, 2003

Moving to expand its capacity to deliver Novell® solutions around secure identity management, secure Web services and cross-platform services, Novell is teaming with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² SM to validate its expertise in the information security field. Working with (ISC)², a globally recognized non-profit organization comprised of top security experts worldwide, Novell is launching an ongoing program to certify its consultants with the industry-leading Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification. Novell customers benefit knowing Novell offers the highest standard of security expertise available today.

"Security is emerging as one of the greatest IT challenges over the next few years. Companies are only beginning to understand the risks associated with changes in business processes that put key corporate information in the hands of new users, both inside and outside their organization," said Bob Couture, vice president of Worldwide Services for Novell. "We want our customers to know that we understand security, from both a business and a technology perspective. The CISSP credential gives our global customers proof that we have what they need to meet their security challenges."

The CISSP certification provides an independent and objective measure of professional expertise and knowledge within the information security industry. The certification is acquired through a combination of practical work experience, formal education, adherence to a code of ethics, and understanding of the CBK™, a comprehensive and continuously updated compendium of information security best practices developed by (ISC)². Under the terms of the agreement between Novell and (ISC)², Novell will be provided CBK review training designed to lead to success on the rigorous CISSP exam.

"Security is more than having the right technology in place. Effective security requires an understanding of how technology, business practices, and human nature must be made to work together to protect key corporate assets," said James E. Duffy, CISSP, executive director of (ISC)². "By choosing the CISSP certification process, Novell understands the need for a comprehensive approach to security in today's global networked economy."

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Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at

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