Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, March 22, 2016

A man typing on a computer keyboard.
A man typing on a computer keyboard.PHOTO: REUTERS

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, March 22, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore to conduct its first multi-sector exercise

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore will be conducting its first multi-sector exercise on Tuesday (March 22). Codenamed Exercise Cyber Star 2016, it comprises scenario planning sessions, workshops and table-top discussions focusing on cyber incident management processes. 

The exercise on Tuesday (March 22) will test the cyber incident management and response capabilities of the agency and four critical sectors: banking and finance, government, energy, and infocomm.

More than 100 people will take part in the exercise. The agency has also set up a Cyber Forensics Laboratory equipped to investigate and respond to cyber incidents affecting the critical information infrastructure. -- LESTER HIO

The United States government and Apple to face off in court


An Apple logo in front of a displayed cyber code. PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States government and Apple will face off in court on Tuesday (March 22) in a closely watched case that could have wide-reaching implications on digital security and privacy. 

The hearing focuses on the battle between the tech giant and federal investigators who want help from Apple to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the shooters in the December terror attack in San Bernardino, California. A ruling is not expected on Tuesday (March 22)

Countries’ flash PMI data to be released


US and Euro banknotes. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

The United States and a number of European countries will release the flash Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for March for the manufacturing sector on Tuesday (March 22), data that is keenly watched for signs of growth in the region. 

The euro area will also release its flash service PMI for March, while Britain will come out with figures for its retail price index and inflation rate for February. In Asia, Japan will release its flash manufacturing PMI for March.