Recovery Time Objective (RTO) 


Time goal for the restoration and recovery of functions or resources based on the acceptable downtime and acceptable level of performance in case of a disruption of operations. 

Source: ASIS –  Business Continuity

The 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 processes.

 Source: NIST – SP 800-34 Rev. 1 – Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems


Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the maximum amount of time that an organization is willing to accept for the restoration of a service or data after a disruption. It is used to measure how quickly a system can be restored and how quickly the business can resume normal operations.