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Ehud Barak joins cyber-security start-up

The former defense minister is lending his name to a venture that has developed facial recognition technology for security purposes

Ehud Barak speaks at the opening of the Globes Business Conference, in Tel Aviv on December 8, 2014. (Flash90)
Ehud Barak speaks at the opening of the Globes Business Conference, in Tel Aviv on December 8, 2014. (Flash90)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has joined the board of a local startup that specializes in biometric identification technology.

FST Biometrics announced Monday that it had received a $15 million investment from GMF Capital, a firm led by Swiss investor Gary Fegel, and that Barak would serve as GMF’s representative on the company board.

FST says it uses a combination of facial recognition and behavioral analytics in its products, and that its clients include governments and corporations. Its founder and chief executive is Aharon Zeevi Farkash, a former head of Israeli military intelligence.

Barak, a former Israeli military chief, served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001. More recently, he served as defense minister before retiring from politics in 2013.

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