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What is an RPO (Recovery Point Objective)?

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Security experts use the phrase Recovery Point Objective (RPO) to describe the point in time where an organisation restores operations after a disruptive event. In most cases, enterprises require restoration after emergencies resulting from communication failure, natural disasters or a cyber-attack. Security and risk teams consider RPO an essential aspect of organisational disaster recovery plans. The concept aids in determining the maximum time allowed for restoring critical company functions as an emergency recovery strategy. Many organisations have unique RPOs for each of their vital processes, such as communication infrastructure and networks. As such, data recovery RPOs are defined according to business goals and compliance needs.

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