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Recovery Time Capability: Concept and Context

Written by  J. FRANK LADY III, CBCP, CISSP, PMP, ITIL(F), CRISC Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:07

Last fall the DRJ Glossary of Terms committee revised the definition of recovery time objective (RTO). This column will debut RTO’s closely-related term, recovery time capability (RTC), and describe some of the challenges with its calculation and dissemination. Recovery time capability is: “The demonstrated amount of time in which systems, applications and/or functions have been recovered, during an exercise or actual event, at the designated recovery/alternate location (physical or virtual). As with RTO, RTC includes assessment, execution and verification activities. RTC and RTO are compared during gap analysis.” For comparison, RTO is: “The period of time within which systems, applications, or functions must be recovered after an outage. RTO includes the time required for: assessment, execution and verification. RTO may be enumerated in business time (e.g. one business day) or elapsed time (e.g. 24 elapsed hours). Assessment includes the activities