A security administrator is reviewing the company’s continuity plan. The plan specifies an RTO of six hours and
RPO of two days. Which of the following is the plan describing?
Systems should be restored within six hours and no later than two days after the incident.
Systems should be restored within two days and should remain operational for at least six hours.
Systems should be restored within six hours with a minimum of two days’ worth of data.
Systems should be restored within two days with a minimum of six hours’ worth of data.
The recovery time objective (RTO) is the maximum amount of time that a process or service is allowed to be
down and the consequences still to be considered acceptable. Beyond this time, the break in business
continuity is considered to affect the business negatively. The RTO is agreed on during the business impact
analysis (BIA) creation.
The recovery point objective (RPO) is similar to RTO, but it defines the point at which the system needs to be
restored. This could be where the system was two days before it crashed (whip out the old backup tapes) or
five minutes before it crashed (requiring complete redundancy). As a general rule, the closer the RPO matches
the item of the crash, the more expensive it is to obtain.