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Novell Delivers Cross-Platform Compliance Solution for the Open Enterprise

Customers benefit from powerful new tools to track and report information access across multiple IT platforms

WALTHAM, Mass. | February 13, 2006

Novell today announced Novell® Audit 2, a set of new tools for customers to monitor and audit user access and other network events across the enterprise, a critical requirement in complying with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and Basel II. Available immediately, the new solution creates a centralized view of network events across multiple platforms and enterprise applications to simplify compliance audits and reports. As a result, customers can control user access to information and resources, streamline auditing processes, and verify regulatory compliance more accurately with less staff.

“Novell Audit has allowed Bank Mutual to automate time- and labor-intensive audit functions, as well as monitor and control our network to a degree not possible before,” said Frank Green, vice president of network administration at Bank Mutual. “It has become a very important tool in our compliance efforts. We're looking forward to the additional features and functions of the new product.”

With Novell Audit 2, organizations have a simple, quick way to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines as well as use real-time monitoring and alerts to track suspicious activity or detect unauthorized changes. Customers can now centralize Windows 2000 and 2003 Server event logs for complete cross-platform reporting in addition to collecting system events from across the Novell product line. Also new is the capability to filter and incorporate data from legacy systems without the need for custom programming. Customers can now integrate audit results into the pre-defined reports in Novell Identity Manager 3 and automate the documentation process, thus avoiding time-intensive, manual reviews.

“It's not enough to simply implement policies, organizations must verify they have been correctly applied and enforced if they are to comply with regulatory mandates,” said Kent Erickson, vice president of identity and resource management at Novell. “With Novell Identity Manager 3 and Novell Audit 2, customers have an unmatched solution to ensure security and validate compliance initiatives while streamlining what can be a time-intensive, expensive process.”

About Novell

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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