# Manage access to Cognite Data Fusion
The basic concepts that decide who can access which applications and services are relatively simple. However, the terminology and all the variations and flavors are not! This course introduces the basic concepts to help you understand the more technical documentation and how-to guides.
# Learning objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the basic authentication concepts and terminology.
- Describe how to configure CDF to use an identity provider.
- List the different ways an application can access data in CDF.
There are no prerequisites for this course, however readers with some IT knowledge or experience will find the concepts easier to understand.