Encrypting a dataset column

To secure test data, you must encrypt datasets. You can encrypt data in the columns of a dataset by using an encryption key. When you run a test that utilizes a dataset with encrypted variables, you must enter the encryption key for the encrypted column that the test uses.

Before you begin

You must have created a dataset. See Creating a dataset.


  1. Go to the HCL OneTest Server URL.
  2. Enter your user name and password, and then click Login.
  3. Open your project from the HCL OneTest Server UI.
  4. Go to the Datasets page and find the dataset that you want to encrypt.
  5. Click the Edit icon edit_icon from the Actions column of the dataset.
    The dataset opens in the CSV Editor in a web browser.
  6. Right-click any cell in a column that you want to encrypt and select Encrypt column data.
    The Encrypt Column window is displayed.
  7. Enter an encryption key in the Encryption Key field to encrypt the data in the column.
    Remember: When you have already encrypted other columns in the dataset, you must enter the same encryption key that you used previously. You can use only one encryption key to encrypt columns in a dataset.

    The encryption keys that you use to encrypt data in a dataset are not stored on the server nor can be retrieved from the server. Therefore, you must remember to store the encryption keys in a secure location. You must use the same encryption keys to perform the following operations:

    • View the encrypted values

    • Decrypt data

    • Enable the use of the encrypted dataset during test runs

  8. Click Encrypt Column.
    Asterisks are displayed instead of actual data for the encrypted column.


You have encrypted the dataset column in your project.

What to do next

You can publish the dataset to the Git repository so that other members of the project can use the dataset. See Publishing a dataset.