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Discovery workflow and permissions

To set up and run your first scan, you need to:

  1. Download a sensor installation file.

  2. Install the sensor on a computer with access to the areas of your network you want to scan.

  3. Set up and run the scan using the sensor.

Before you start a task, make sure you have the necessary permissions to complete it.

Access and manage Discovery

Only the administrator and manager roles have permissions to access and manage Discovery in your CertCentral account. See Roles and account access.

Access is required to download sensors, set up and run scans, view the Dashboard, view scan results for certificates and endpoints, etc.

Install sensors

To install a sensor, you need administrator permissions on the computer or virtual machine you want to install a sensor on. For example, on Linux you need sudo access.

Activate and start sensors

To activate and start a sensor, you need to be a user in the CertCentral account. If you have divisions in your account, you need permissions to access the division you want to assign the sensor to.


When using divisions in your CertCentral account, you are able to restrict users to specific divisions. Make sure those assigned to activate the sensor can access the division you want to assign the sensor to.