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Definition Edit

Recovery time objectives (RTOs)

represent the maximum allowable downtime that can occur without severely impacting the recovery of operations or the time in which systems, applications, or business functions must be recovered after an outage (e.g. the point in time that a process can no longer be inoperable).[1]

A recovery time objective (RTO) is

[t]he overall length of time an information system's components can be in the recovery phase before negatively impacting the organization's mission or mission/business functions.[2]

References Edit

  1. FFIEC IT Examination Handbook, Business Continuity Planning, Appendix B: Glossary (full-text).
  2. NIST Special Publication 800-34.

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