As company data volumes increase, digital storage systems create new opportunities for the abuse of sensitive information by unauthorized personnel. Accurate Data Discovery is the critical first step of any effective data protection platform, the key to remaining secure and competitive. Accutive Data Discovery enables the efficient identification of sensitive data that needs to meet regulatory compliance standards such as GDPR, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, GLBA, OSFI/PIPEDA, and FERPA. Customizeable data scanning is applied to uncover privacy risks associated with structured and unstructured data in an array of cloud-based and on-prem databases and storage systems. Sensitive items identified during the discovery process are cataloged and highlighted, thereby simplifying the process of identification for the user and allowing them to efficiently focus on the data in need of protection such as anonymization or encryption.