Utah uses digital signatures to secure deals

Thursday, 5 September 2002, 9:29 AM EST

Utah Incentive Funds, a division of the state's department of business and economic development, is using online services secured with digital certificates to lure more businesses to the state.

The division opened a Web gateway this month that lets businesses complete applications for funding and create legal business agreements securely over the Internet using digital certificates.

Earlier this month, one rural business used the state's service, and four more will sign agreements later this week, state officials said.

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