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What Silva Consultants Does Not Do

  • We don’t sell, install, or service security equipment or products

  • We don’t provide security guard, patrol or bodyguard services

  • We don’t conduct private investigations or perform background checks

  • We don’t provide computer or network security consulting services

  • We don’t conduct penetration tests

  • We don’t provide expert witness testimony

  • We don’t review accounting controls or perform financial audits

  • We don’t provide fire prevention or occupational safety consulting services

Many companies claim that they provide security consulting along with other services, such as providing security guards or installing alarm or camera systems. Sometimes, companies use "security consulting" as a sales gimmick to help them sell security merchandise or guard services.


Silva Consultants does only one thing - providing independent security consulting services. We don't sell security equipment or software, we don't sell guard services, we don't conduct investigations - we just do security consulting. We feel that it is tough for a consultant to be expert on more than one subject, and impossible for a consultant who also sells security products to be perceived as being truly objective.


In some cases, a client may have a need for one or more services that Silva Consultants does not provide. To address these situations, Silva Consultants maintains an informal relationship with a large network of other security providers to whom a referral can be made. We also maintain relationships with other security consultants who are subject matter experts in specific areas (such as computer security or bomb blast protection) and we won’t hesitate to recommend these specialty consultants when needed.


In almost all cases, Silva Consultants will encourage a direct relationship between the client and the other service provider—as opposed to us acting as a general contractor or middleman. We never accept a commission or finders fee for referring one of our clients to another provider.


In some cases, we may be brought into a project by another service provider such as a guard company or security systems integrator. We accept these projects only with the understanding by all parties that Silva Consultants always acts in the best interests of the end-user client. In no case will we alter our advice or provide recommendations that favor the vendor who recommended us if it is not in the client’s best interests. We greatly value our independence and go out of our way to avoid business arrangements that pose a potential for a conflict of interest.

Did You Know?

Many so-called "Security Consultants" are actually salespeople trying to sell you a security product or service.

Silva Consultants is located near Seattle, Washington.

Our primary service area is Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California, but we serve clients in all parts of the United States.

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