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Recovery Time Capability: Concept and Context

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

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


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