Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is how much time can pass between when a disaster occurs at your organization and when you need to be back up and running again. This unit of measure can apply to the whole organization or to each of its parts. We generally focus on the RTO for each business process or each business objective. This allows for the concentration of resources and processes on the most important items. The RTO is a key part of any Business Impact Analysis, BIA, and should be measured and discussed with the Business Continuity Team.
What does RTO or Recovery Time Objective mean?
About the Author: Kirk Drake
Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations has expanded its market niche and become the leader in hosted solutions for credit unions and their providers. Kirk is a well-known and respected industry leader with over 15 years of experience designing and implementing advanced IT Systems and Disaster Recovery Solutions. Prior to founding Ongoing Operations, he served as Chief Technology Officer for NIH Federal Credit Union, a $400 million financial institution. During his time at NIH, Kirk spearheaded critical system conversions and led many projects to strategically advance the credit union, allowing it to better serve its members. Kirk is also an expert in designing collaborative solutions and developing innovative technology platforms. During Kirk’s tenure at Ongoing Operations, the CUSO has grown to one of the top twenty CUSOs in the nation and successfully recovered numerous clients in actual disaster situations.
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