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Recovery Time Objective: Promise or Aspiration?


According to the International Standards Organization ISO 22301 – Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements, the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the “period of time following an incident within which a product or service must be resumed, or activity must be resumed, or resources must be recovered.” Another definition indicates that for an application, “it is the goal for how quickly you need to have that application’s information back available after an ‘event’ has occurred that stops the application.” The term “RTO” is well known in the preparedness industry. Virtually everyone uses it. It is the basis of debates, contracts, competitive advantages, and many others discussions related to the guarantee of an application or a service that needs to be restored. As many others note, the RTO is part of our preparedness DNA, and it has existed for a long time. However, now it seems the RTO is assuming a role