Software provides bonus to technological skills in System Shock 2 such as Hacking, making the task easier. However, the skill level does not improve, and thus, minimum skill requirements are unaffected. There is specific software for each tech category.
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Each software category has three levels, which provide an increased bonus. The bonus works as if the player has increased their skill level after the initial skill requirement is checked. For example, with a hacking skill of 3 and a hacking software v2, the player may hack a Replicator as if the player had hacking skill 5. However, the player cannot hack a Turret, as hacking it has skill requirement 4.
Once a skill is upgraded, the change is permanent.