The digital certificate vendor Verisign Inc., fresh from registering its first quarterly profit in terms of both operating and net income, announced two agreements to extend its authentication services for government agencies.

Growing rapidly in almost every major category of its business, including the OnSite service offering to banks and other organizations serving as trusted authenticating parties in Internet commerce, Verisign said its systems are being used in more than 40 federal pilot programs. Among the users are the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service.

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