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.