A virtual lab consists of the tools and resources required for digital forensic examinations, but these resources may be located in various geographic locations, and administered and maintained by different entities. These geographic locations are connected via a high-speed network. Examiners access the virtual lab through a single portal, over the Internet. Examiners can upload evidence for secure storage to one location and analyze the evidence using tools from a second location. Reports could be located at a third location. Prosecutors and attorneys would access the results through the same portal.