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NetScreen Appoints New Vice President of Sales for Emerging Technologies

Sunnyvale, CA - October 15, 2003 - NetScreen Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSCN) today announced it has appointed Dean Hickman-Smith to the new position of vice president of sales for emerging technologies. In this role, he will spearhead a special global sales task force established to drive adoption of NetScreen’s newest product and technology offerings, such as NetScreen’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) and antivirus products.

Hickman-Smith, who will report directly to NetScreen vice president of worldwide sales Mark Smith, has more than 14 years of international sales and management experience with several security and other technology companies. Before joining NetScreen, Hickman-Smith was vice president of worldwide sales at TopLayer Networks, a developer of intrusion prevention, intrusion detection, network security and authentication access systems.

Prior to that, he co-founded Congress Communications, a European sales accelerator firm for technology start-ups, including Inktomi, Arrowpoint, Ramp and Ipivot. Hickman-Smith has also held senior sales positions at INS Group and Spiro International Group where he worked with companies such as Cisco Systems, Bay Networks and 3Com.

“Dean brings a wealth of network security sales expertise that we are confident will enhance our current sales infrastructure and help accelerate the adoption rate of our leading-edge technologies,” said Mark Smith.

About NetScreen Technologies

NetScreen Technologies, Inc., is a leading developer of integrated network security solutions that offer the security, performance and total cost of ownership required by enterprises and carriers. NetScreen’s innovative solutions provide key security technologies, such as virtual private network, denial of service protection, firewall and intrusion prevention, in a line of easy-to-manage security appliances and systems. NetScreen is located at 805 11th Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. More information on NetScreen’s products can be found at http://www.netscreen.com or by calling toll free at 1-800-638-8296.

NetScreen and the NetScreen logo are trademarks of NetScreen Technologies, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains forward-looking statements about events and circumstances that have not yet occurred. For example, words such as “will”, “can”, “provide”, “enabling” and “continue”, or other statements in the future tense, are forward-looking statements. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from expectations in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include whether the market for security products will grow as projected, if at all, whether demand for NetScreen products will continue, whether new products, if and when introduced, will be successful and whether products will perform as expected.