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About Privacera Discovery

Privacera Discovery crawls targeted data sources to identify and applies metadata labels called tags to potentially sensitive data, such as credit card numbers or email addresses. Access Manager Tag Policies can then be created so that user access can be controlled and monitored. Privacera Discovery is a standard product component of Privacera Platform and is available and enabled by default in PrivaceraCloud.


A more complete overview of Privacera Discovery features along with in-depth instructions and explanations can be found in the Privacera Discovery User Guide.

Quick Start#

Use the following instructions to get started with Privacera Discovery. See the Privacera Discovery User Guide for more detailed information.

Disable/Enable Discovery#

Privacera Discovery is enabled by default for a new PrivaceraCloud account.

It can be disabled or enabled by either the account owner or the administrator.

To disable/enable Privacera Discovery:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Account.
  2. Under the Discovery heading, toggle Enable Discovery to ON or OFF.

Connect Applications#

The applications that supports discovery can be configured in Settings > Applications. For more information, see Connect Applications.

Discovery Scan Targets#

Once a data source has been connected, subsets of that data source can be configured as scan targets. Using the navigation menu, click Discovery: Data Source to add specific databases and tables to be scan targets.

  1. Open Discovery > Data Source. Applications connected in Settings > Application are listed under APPLICATIONS.

  2. Click your application in the Applications section.

  3. Click ADD to define a subset of that Datasource for scanning.

    • Enter the database name (database or for Snowflake database.schema) or wildcard asterisk for all databases.
    • Enter one or more comma-separated table names or wildcard asterisk for all tables. Wildcard asterisks can also be used in table names as prefix, suffix, or inside the name.

See Privacera Discovery User Guide: Data Source Scanning: Enable a Data Source for Scan for more detailed instructions and options.

Start Scan - Observe Status#

After a scan target is established, it can be scanned. Each database/table set is listed by row, under Scanning Details. The columns are: Database, Tables, and Actions.

Click the SCAN RESOURCE button to initiate a scan.

The following message appears.

Completion status for this scan and all prior scans, along with various statistics is found at Discovery: Scan Status.
See Privacera Discovery User Guide: Data Source Scanning: Scan Status for more detailed information.

Last update: February 22, 2022