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23 February, 2018
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Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption (Definition)

The maximum time an activity or resource can be unavailable before irreperable harm is caused to the organization.

As part of a Business Impact Analysis, a maximum tolerable period of disruption should be estimated for each key activity within the organization. This applies to both customer-facing and internal activities.

Note that the Recovery Time Objective specifies the time by which an organization intends to recover an activity or resource: the Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption is the upper bound on this time.

This term may be abbreviated as MTPoD or MTPD.

See Also: Business Impact Analysis.

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